HARMONY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just one week after the loss of their daughter, a couple in Harmony is already working to give back to others who might have to go through the same thing.
Craig and Karen Stutzman have been through a lot over the past 8 months. Their 13-year-old daughter, Aliza Jean, was diagnosed with brain cancer last June. She spent 17 weeks of that in the hospital undergoing radiation, chemotherapy and other forms of treatment.
"We were quickly propelled to a healthy child into whoa this is really serious," said Craig.
Though Aliza remained positive and optimistic through it all the illness proved to be to much and she lost her battle with cancer on January 23rd 2013. Her mother Karen recalls spending the last days by her side.
"Got to hold her so much more than I ever would and I just remember her being so sweet and caring about everybody else," said Karen.
Barely a week into their grief the parents are already looking for ways to help others who might go through a similar situation. They have started the Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation that will financially help families whose child is fighting brain cancer.
"We were so focused on by so many people that we want to focus on the just one. Find that family that needs that blanket of support and that's what got us through," said Craig.
Donations for the fund may be sent to Bangor Savings Bank, care of Aliza Stutzman Fund, P.O. Box 454, Skowhegan, ME 04976.