How you can help the terminally ill: Make “Susie’s Wish” a reality


Susie Edwards, a popular local news broadcaster for several years, died of liver cancer without fulfilling her last goal of a trip to the beach. (Image Courtesy: Georgina Chapman)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Susie Edwards was a vibrant, smiling person.  She never met a stranger and she built a career telling other peoples' stories on local news, including here in Huntsville.

In 2009, her own story took a tragic turn. Edwards was diagnosed with an aggressive form of liver cancer.

One year later, Edwards died, without fulfilling her final wish -- one last trip to the beach.  Susie adored the beach. She loved to sink her toes in the sand, sit back and breathe in the salt air.

The group "Susie's Wish" is now working in Edwards' honor, to make sure terminally ill patients do get to see the sand and surf one last time.

Members of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County's "Connect Class 17" are partnering with Huntsville Hospital Foundation and Hospice Family Care to promote "Susie's Beach Bash."

The event will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Lumberyard in Downtown Huntsville.

Music, fun and food are all included. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online. Click here to buy.

To learn more about "Susie's Wish" as well as Edwards' life and career, click here.

If you cannot attend, the group is looking for corporations and individuals willing to donate a week's use of their beach property, any time of the year, to the project. Donations are tax deductible and will be processed through the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Contact the staff directly for more information or call (256) 265-8077.

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