CHICAGO (CBS) — A 12-year-old girl, whose four-year struggle with cancer galvanized her neighborhood and inspired a wave of support over the last several weeks, has died.
Emily Beazley’s brave fight with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma inspired singer Taylor Swift to call her after chemotherapy stopped working, and prompted the city to name a street in Mount Greenwood in her honor.
Emily won the hearts of people all over the world, thanks to social media, and her mother’s decision to share the family’s struggles through her blog Emily’s Entourage. In a Facebook post, Nadia Lopez Beazley said Emily passed away Monday night, shortly after 11 p.m.
“My beautiful Emily got to use her angel wings. She fought hard to the end. Her last gift to me was passing peacefully,” Lopez Beazley wrote.
Four years ago, Emily was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After 2 ½ years of treatment, her life started getting back to normal in the summer of 2013, but she relapsed, and went back into chemotherapy in March 2014. A year later, doctors told the Beazleys there was nothing more they could do.
Jim Eisinas knew Emily, and said, through the force of her personality, she made the already tight Mount Greenwood community even more close-knit.
“The neighborhood came together so much for her. It was great to see everybody really together, you know what I mean?” he said.