Elizabeth Caradine Tully (Feb. 24, 1993 – Jan. 12, 2017) was born in Memphis, Tennessee to James L. Tully and Tammy Troitino Tully. After her family moved to Myrtle Beach, she attended Myrtle Beach Middle and High School and the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology.
In May 2008 at the age of 15, Caradine was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. She began a 54-week treatment regimen of chemo, followed by 6 weeks of radiation. In 2009 she was given a clean bill of health and was in remission until 2010, when the cancer came back, this time in an area near her diaphragm. She endured another 6 weeks of chemo, a stem-cell transplant, more radiation, and spent some time in ICU due to infections and inflammation. She survived and was in remission again until 2012, when she was given less than a year to live. During that year she decided not to lie idle, and she embarked on travels to see friends and family, including a cruise to Alaska, and then decided in Fall 2013 to go back to school because she said she was “tired of waiting to die.” After enrolling at Horry-Georgetown Technical College she graduated with a Cosmetology degree in 2014.
Throughout these 6 years, Caradine remained strong, determined, faithful, loving, and most of all grateful that she was living her best life. She never felt abandoned by God and she always knew that faith was the secret to being strong both mentally and physically. In 2015 she moved out with friends in her own apartment, and she found her dream job as a hairstylist at Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa in Myrtle Beach. Caradine loved helping her clients feel good about themselves. She never missed a chance to hang out with her friends, attend live concerts and watch West Virginia University Mountaineer Football!
In Fall 2016 Caradine began to feel pain in her back and legs again, and tests revealed that the cancer had returned in her spine. However it was not Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma this time, it was radiation-induced cancer from her first 2 diagnoses. Caradine quickly began to lose feeling in her legs, and eventually would lose the ability to walk. After one round of chemo, she contracted an infection and she passed away due to sepsis.
Her family consists of Dad (Jim), Mom (Tammy), Stepmom (Amy), amazing family friend Amanda, half siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. When we think of Caradine we think of love. She loved her family and friends without reservation, and she always, always, ended her conversations with “I love you.” One of the last things she posted on her Facebook page was a quote that said, “Walk in Love.” These words are taken from Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as clear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling saviour.” All of her life, despite her health and physical challenges, she chose to walk in love.