Athena Krueger was a lifelong planner. She had a successful career in software sales and a happy marriage. Her next plan was to become a mom. Sadly, her plan was thrown for a loop when she discovered a painful lump in one of her breasts just 15 weeks into her pregnancy. The lump was discovered to be cancer, and was already aggressive.
Cancer during pregnancy is extremely rare, but is more prevalent in women who have children later in life.
While some of the treatments appeared to work, the cancer continued to spread throughout her body, and it seemed all hope was lost. Athena, a woman of great faith, decided that she wasn't going to let terminal cancer stop her from expressing her love for her family.
In her final weeks in hospice care, Athena planned a lavish, over-the-top party for Amari's first birthday. The event was one that she had struggled to see, and the only one she would ever see. She planned the whole thing, invited hundreds of family and friends, and decided to enjoy herself.
The party, which saw some 300 people in attendance, was Alice in Wonderland-themed, with Ben playing the part of the Mad Hatter.
Her doctors advised against leaving the hospital, but Athena knew this was her only chance to celebrate a birthday with Amari.
The party was a great success.