Payton Elizabeth Watson Memorial Foundation was created to bring awareness to childhood cancer while keeping Payton’s spirit alive and to support educational, athletic and arts programs and organizations that made Payton’s journey with Leukemia a little more bearable.
Payton was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia which was discovered through a blood test after a bout with strep throat returned too quickly. Payton spent 4 months at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital in February of 2007 for a Bone Marrow Transplant. She did pretty well for 18 months when in September 2008, Payton’s AML had returned. As she was preparing for a second Bone Marrow Transplant, Payton developed complications and was taken on October 19, 2008.
Payton had an incredible smile, will to live and fought her battle with tremendous courage and strength. She is missed by all who knew her, especially her parents and her little sister, Frankie.