Memorial service set for 9yo who inspired Parker Loves Life campaign

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A memorial service is set for this weekend for the girl whose battle against a rare type of brain tumor inspired many around the country.

Parker Monhollon will be remembered during a service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, in the Sunflower Ballroom, at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. People are encouraged to wear her favorite colors, purple and black. Her burial will follow immediately afterwards at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, 3616 SW 6th Ave.

Parker's family will receive friends the previous night, Friday, July 21, at the Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 Wanamaker Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made at any Silver Lake Bank location, via PayPal to or at

The nine-year-old Silver Lake Elementary School student was diagnosed with DIPG in January 2016. The rare type of tumor invades the brain, sending out fingers as it grows, making it inoperable, with a current survival rate of zero.

She passed away last Monday night, July 10, while seeking treatment in Monterrey, Mexico.

Parker is survived by her parents, Amanda and Daniel, and siblings, Rivers and Dominic.

They chronicled Parker's journey on the Facebook page Parker Loves Life and a web site with the same name. Their goal was to raise awareness of DIPG and spark research into a cure. It was unacceptable, they said, that so little was spent to find cures for childhood cancers that were taking so many lives far too soon.