Before every Longhorns game, Abbie Boutilier looks to the stands for her parents and her twin sister, Paige. December 3 will be no different.
Abbie, a freshman on the University of Texas women’s basketball team, will join her teammates in taking on UConn in the annual Women’s Jimmy V Classic. To Abbie, this game means more than just the score.
“I think to me and my entire family, it means a lot. We’ve always been into research and giving back since it’s been 10 years since she’s been cancer free. I think at this point, it’s how can we give back as a family who have been through so much and share our experiences and help people get through it.”
The Boutilier family was impacted by cancer in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Just days after Abbie and Paige’s fourth birthday, Paige was diagnosed with leukemia. She underwent treatment, but being so young, there was a lot of confusion and anxiety about the unknown.
Three years later, in 2011, the cancer came back. This time, Abbie was old enough to comprehend what was going on.