Hundreds attend funeral for Olivia Hudson: 3-year-old lost battle with cancer earlier this week

Olivia first battled cancer in brain, then spine

SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of people attended a funeral Saturday for a local girl who lost her battle with cancer earlier this week.

Between 400 and 500 people turned out to say goodbye to 3-year-old Olivia Hudson at The Rock Church in Point Loma.

Photos and video of her life were shown at the memorial. From her days as a chubby baby to playing the piano with her grandfather, Olivia was spunky and full of life.

"Olivia liked to take baths, read books and eat and eat and eat," said pastor Ron Nadzam.

She battled cancer twice: first, with a brain tumor and chemotherapy to beat it.

"All of the medications and the surgeries slowed down her activities, but it did not change her spirit," said Nadzam.

Then, Olivia was faced with a new form of cancer. The second time, it seeped into her spine. She lost the ability to move her left arm.

"I will never forget how she would encourage her left arm… who she loving called 'lefty'… to do things when it wouldn't quite do what she wanted it to do," said nurse Ashley Rocha.

On Tuesday, Olivia's family gathered around her for her final moments.

Her father addressed his two other daughters during Saturday's service.

"I had to spend a lot of time with one of my children... They've been so strong, and they know I love them," he said. "Sweetheart, I just want you to know that I thank you for being a strong little girl."

The Hudsons are also looking to help other children with the Olivia Hudson Foundation, which was established when she was alive.

"It won't stop and it'll get bigger and we'll bring attention to children with brain cancer," said Ken Hudson, Olivia's grandfather.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so by visiting any Wells Fargo and mentioning the Olivia Hudson Foundation.

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