Allison A. Binford

Allison Ann Axsom Binford, RN, BSN

Allison Binford passed away Wednesday morning, October 16, 2013, at the Yellow Rose Hospice in Methodist Hospital (IU Health) after nearly five years battling metastatic breast cancer. Her beloved husband, Andy Binford, was at her side. She was born at Coleman Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 27, 1971, to parents Robert Axsom and Linda Axsom Beeson, who also survive.

After being graduated from Pike High School in 1990, Allison studied pre-clinical nursing at Indiana University Bloomington for two years, completing her two remaining clinical years at IUPUI and earning her bachelor of science in nursing in May of 1994. Her first nursing position was in Children's Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She practiced there for a year and a half before moving to Davis Community Hospital in Statesville, North Carolina, and nursing in its Newborn 7 Intensive Care Unit. After a year in North Carolina, Allison decided to return to family and friends in Indianapolis and to fulfill a long-standing desire to work at Riley Children's Hospital.

While waiting to secure a position at Riley, Allison was a travel nurse, doing stints at Community Hospital North and Columbia Women's Hospital. It was during this period that she met her future husband, Andy Binford. Her professional dream came true in August of 1996, when she was hired to nurse in the NICU at Riley. As a nurse, Allison was guided by the philosophy of long-time Riley physician-in-chief, Morris Green, MD, who said:

"Let all that walk this way know that Indiana cherishes her families, that she loves her children. In this very special haven, no child shall cry unheard . . . none shall walk alone . . . and no mother or father shall be friendless."

Allison truly loved the patients she served, giving compassionate care to some of our state's tiniest and sickest babies. She was an advocate between families and attending physicians and worked very hard to see that the families and children she cared for felt their experience in the NICU was a special one, even when the child did not survive. She worked at Riley until family obligations and illness made it necessary for her to stop.

Although she stopped nursing, she remained active in health care, teaching CPR classes and classes intended for siblings of newborns. She continued working with breast cancer support groups, traveling to Washington, DC, to advocate for increased federal support of breast cancer research funding. Always an avid reader, she instigated the formation of a mother-daughter book club enjoyed by all who participated. She and her husband were active members of Northview Church in Carmel, participating in a small Life Group that has been a comfort for all.

Allison and Andy Binford were married on April 24, 1999, on the beach at Jekykll Island, Georgia. This "mixed marriage" (an IU nurse and a Purdue engineer) produced three beautiful and much loved children: Makenzie Elizabeth Binford (12); Mitchell Keegan Binford (10); and Delaney Kate Binford (8). In addition to her parents, Robert (Joyce) Axsom and Linda (John) Beeson of Indianapolis, Allison is survived by brothers Andy (Janine) Axsom of Indianapolis and Alex (Jenn) Axsom of Noblesville; in-laws David "Doke" (Peggy) Binford of New Albany, Indiana and Rilla McGrane of Jekyll Island, Georgia. Also surviving are many beloved cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Allison was preceded in death by an older sister, Mary Elizabeth Axsom.

Calling for Allison Binford will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Flanner and Buchanan - Carmel , 325 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana. Services will take place on Monday, October 21 at 2 p.m. in Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana, with calling from Noon to 2 p.m. Entombment will follow in the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo and her team at IU Simon Cancer Center for their care and for providing every treatment option possible. They also wish to thank all the skate moms, soccer moms and dads, gymnastics moms and dads, who helped the Binfords maintain an active life for their children during this time. Thanks, too, to church friends, neighbors, and relatives who have provided food for the family. Special thanks go to Tisha Gaumer and Teresea Driskell, who have walked every step of this journey with Allison, and to Shannon Connors, who has provided such caring and excellent support for Delaney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to benefit the Binford children's 529 college funds. Checks should be made out to "Binford" and mailed to Indiana Members Credit Union, Attn: Binford Kids Fund, 4790 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Those sending flowers may want to consider colors other than pink, as the family wishes this service to be about Allison, not her disease. Those who wish to express condolences to the family or sign the guest registry may do so by visiting:

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, nurse, educator, advocate, friend. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan - Oaklawn Memorial Gardens
9700 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 849-3616

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2013