Though Julia’s life was short it was full of laughter, happiness, and love. She enjoyed staying up late, playing with her big brother Colin, and watching Peppa Pig. Her favorite color was green, she loved breakfast sandwiches, green slime, and going to the beach to watch the sunset with her family. She loved peacocks, hearts and butterflies. She visited Whitingham, VT, for the first time when she was three weeks old and spent three summers of her short life there and loved every minute of it. Julia’s love for life was overwhelming. She radiated love every second of every day and this love was felt by all who came in contact with her. Her beautiful smile will be missed. It was a true privilege and honor to be Julia’s parents and we are truly grateful for every moment that we shared with her. Julia reminded us through the way she lived life that it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.
Throughout the course of her treatment for stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a monstrous childhood cancer, Julia showed so much bravery and courage. Julia was blessed to have so many caregivers, nurses and doctors who she considered friends at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who provided so much love and support to her and to her family during the hardest of times, for which she and her family will be forever grateful. Julia was also blessed with an unbelievably special team from Empath Health hospice who made some of her hardest days near the end of her life much more comfortable for her.
Julia is survived by her loving parents, Jason and Stephanie Cox; brother Colin Cox; sister Madeline Cox; paternal grandparents Charles and Patricia Cox; maternal grandparents Charles and Pamela Gallagher; great-grandmother Ellen Hamblin; uncle and aunt Charles and Danielle Gallagher; and cousins Caroline and Charlotte Gallagher.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Julia on Thursday, March 30, 6 pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 301 58th Street S. St. Petersburg, FL 33707.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Julia’s name to Beat NB, www.beatnb.org, or Cannonball Kids Cancer, www.cannonballkidscancer.org.