Angels Among Us 2023

Team Speedy Sloth (In Memory of Eliza)

We will be honoring Eliza by participating in the Angels Among Us 5K on April 22, 2023.  We'd love to have you join our team!  Gifts will support the Eliza Alice Craven Pediatric Research Fund at Duke.  Thank you for your support!


Eliza Alice Craven, 9, bounded into the world early in the morning of January 1, 2013, shortly after her parents and the hospital nurses watched the ball drop in Times Square. Like the holiday on which she was born, Eliza was sparkly, fun and kind of loud. After a courageous battle with cancer, she died peacefully at home on June 25, 2022, surrounded by her family.

Eliza was kind and creative, and had a talent for delivering witty comebacks that kept her family members on their toes. She loved spending time outdoors and planted a garden with her Dad every spring, which usually included sunflowers and a random assortment of vegetables. She enjoyed soccer, swimming, skiing, art, and the occasional pedicure - always choosing a vibrant color to match her personality. Her Mom was her favorite partner when tubing behind a boat or riding on a paddleboard. The beach and the mountains were special to Eliza and she enjoyed visiting at any opportunity. She also loved music and singing as a member of the children’s choir at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Eliza loved to team up with her big brother, Asher, to create fun games and activities to entertain their little brother. She was an avid reader, having made her way through hundreds of books in just a few years. Eliza shared this passion with her little brother, Jonah, often reading him bedtime stories, and, most recently, teaching him to read his first three words.

Your gift will go towards the Eliza Alice Craven Pediatric Research Fund for pediatric brain tumor research.

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