Hope was the daughter of Deb & Jay and the sister of JD. She loved swimming, acting, running, shopping and music (especially Taylor Swift). She was involved with her school band, playing the saxophone. She was an accomplished singer in her hometown’s “Youth Chorale” and was in her school’s choir.

Hope was extremely intelligent, achieving straight A’s during her last year in middle school.

She was blessed with so many wonderful gifts. Possibly the greatest of them were her big heart and her concern for others. When she was younger she and her friend Grace were walking around their hometown square where they met a homeless woman. They came home and decided to operate a lemonade stand to raise money for her.

Hope also ran a lemonade stand in an effort to raise funds for the local food pantry. And when she heard that her uncle’s business was slow she told her parents she wanted to have a car wash fundraiser to help him out.

Her acting career started in 2007 with roles in many school and community youth theater groups with her favorite being the lead in the play “Mulan.”

In 2008 Hope joined the cross country and track teams at school, following in her brother’s footsteps. Hope also had a great passion for food and if you didn’t know better, you’d think she was Italian. Pasta or anything with noodles is what she would prefer for breakfast, lunch and dinner... “Sauce on the side, please.”

Not too long before she passed away, Hope got her hair cut and donated her ponytail to “Locks of Love”, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces for children with medical conditions who are under eighteen.


Hope is now... and forever shall be... Twelve. Years. Old.


Hope Alizah Kimlee Fuller fought a brave battle against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontein Glioma (DIPG) for 224 days.

She was kind, courageous, silly, sassy, loving and caring until the very day she died.

Hope spent the last days of her life surrounded by such love and caring and when it was time she courageously let go.

She left for heaven on March 10, 2010 where we know she lives now free of the brain tumor that stole her earthly life.

We, Hope's family and friends, seek to honor her life by living ours with the same honor and grace she lived hers. Please stay involved and never, ever forget that... We Wll Always Have Hope!



You can help honor Hope's memory by raising awareness about childhood cancer in general and DIPG specifically.

When you choose to make a donation to a charity it is important that you know where your money goes. For example in 2009 the American Cancer Society donated less than 1% of what it fundraised to childhood cancer research. If you donate to St. Jude's or Children's Memorial Hospital be specific and direct it to neuro oncology research related to DIPG or to a cause near and dear to your heart.

Wear Gray in May and Gold in September for childhood cancer awareness.

Hold your own fundraisers...the smallest little bit can help make a difference.

Hope was a light in our world please help us keep that light burning by finding a cure for DIPG and other childhood cancers.




5k walk & run.

In Memory of Hope Fuller.


Grace Lutheran Church

1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road

Woodstock, IL


There will be some new and exciting things surrounding this year's event and we hope to make it bigger and better. Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female participants. Be sure to bring the whole family for this inspiring race. More importantly, this race is all about Hope. Everything about this race is about her and it is meant to bring honor to her courageous battle and life. If she cannot inspire you to come out to the event or donate then I don't know what can.


Hope has touched many lives with her amazing spirit and capacity to love. Learn more about our inspiration - Hope - by exploring this website. Please join us on Saturday, July 11 to show your support for children like Hope all around the world, those still in the battle and those who have earned their wings.



Do you want to have a...


That's awesome! Thank you for wanting to help in that way!

Due to the overwhelming show of support, we ask that you run all ideas through Denise Graff Ponstein BEFORE your plans are in place to respect the privacy of the family.

Denise will coordinate ALL ideas and we will have a central calendar located on this website and on Facebook.

Denise can be reached by email or by phone — 815.338.8844.


To directly contact the Fuller family, click HERE.

For more information about holding a fundraising event, contact Denise Graff Ponstein.

For more information on this website, contact Dave Ladner.

For more information on this website's graphics, contact Lance Claussen.

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