The Haugan's celebrate Olivia's last cancer treatment after 840 days of fighting leukemia
They can be held for birthdays, anniversaries, or simply just because. But when it comes to surviving cancer, one Sioux Falls family truly know how to throw a party.
No, it's not a belated Halloween party, this is a party 840 days in the making.
"I remember when Olivia was diagnosed with cancer we said, you beat this and we will give you the biggest party imaginable! Then all of a sudden this year we looked at each other and said it's here and we can have this party!" Said Joy Haugan.
5-year old Olivia Haugan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 8, 2011; just a month shy of her third birthday. Friday, November 8th was Olivia's last cancer treatment and reason to celebrate. The party has been a long time coming, but for Olivia's mom Joy, just seeing her daughter have fun being a kid has been equally overdue.
"Most of our winters have been spent not seeing many kids because they get sick so easily so now we're just having a good time with all of our friends and it's great!" Said Haugan.
In a way, cancer has brought the Haugan's closer and even strangers have quickly become like family.
"Well over half of the people we have met just because of Olivia's fight and they've been with us throughout this entire journey. This is not something that you can do alone, I mean we are a family of three but you know, it's taken an entire city to help us get through this and our church, we're just so thankful!" Said Haugan.
Don't let the cute smile fool you, this is one tough little girl who has beaten big bad cancer.