Delaney Clements, the girl who inspired a whole nation, has lost the battle with cancer. After going through six years of experimental treatments during which she tackled the disease with a smile on her lips, the “dancing queen” has died in hospice care.
Delaney passed away yesterday, leaving her family and friends to mourn her, as well as many others who have admired her tenacity. The teen has inspired us all with her light, and in time she had become a sensation on social media platforms. Only three months ago, her favorite musician, Taylor Swift, had visited her and thus fulfilled the national wish of the #delaneymeettaylor campaign.
Unfortunately, after her last tests came out with disheartening results, the thirteen-year-old teen decided to stop the treatments. Delaney was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only eight years old, after going to the doctor because of soreness and a bike accident. Cancer spread from her hip forward and was ultimately deadly.
However, the brave teen chose to be known as an advocate for cancer awareness during childhood, and not the poor girl with cancer. Delaney was brave during her whole ordeal and wished to do as much as possible for cancer research. In this respect, she worked for receiving donations with Truth 365, an organization meant to raise awareness of research on pediatric cancer.
Delaney was comfortable when talking about her disease and death and was more open than other adults on the matter:
“If I don’t make it, I think my family of course will be super sad, but I also really hope that they understand that I might be in a better place and that I’ll at least be happy and not be miserable going through all of this.”
When she went into remission for the first time, Delaney created her personal non-profit in order to help those with medical issues. The signature pink truck became a symbol for the non-profit scene in the region.
Upon her passing, hundreds of heartbroken people posted messages on Facebook to say farewell and to encourage her family. Her loved ones plan to organize a funeral just like Delaney wanted, where people can remember her ambition to live a happy life in spite of her medical problems. The services will be held at Fellowship Church on Saturday, 26 March at 1 p.m.
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