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Young Bossier girl remembered as inspiration

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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The loss of a young girl who captured the hearts of many in the ArkLaTex was a heartbreaking blow not just to her family, but also the entire community who rallied around her during her last days.

Jamarria Wade, a third grader at Stockwell Place Elementary School, had been battling cancer since 2011. In February of 2014, St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis sent her home to spend her final days with her family.

The 9-year-old was rushed to University Health's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit early on June 6 and she died later that day surrounded by her family and a few friends.

"We knew her time here was limited, but we didn't know her time would be that limited," said Michael Woods, co-founder of Pay it Forward Networking.

PIFN played a huge role in making sure the last days of Jamarria's little life were filled with as much happiness as possible.

With the help of the community, PIFN was able to grant her last wishes quickly, sending the Wade family on a dream trip to Walt Disney World, sending her on a shopping spree, inviting her to a private dance class, and collecting thousands of dollars in donations to help pay medical bills.

"It does make you feel good knowing that we were able to make their remaining time on earth as fun and enjoyable as it can be for them and their families," Woods said.

Sadly, just one week after the family got back from Disney, Jamarria lost her battle with cancer.

Her death has also been heartbreaking for her Stockwell Elementary family.

Librarian Kim Howell was with Jamarria when she passed away. She believes the brave little girl's life has had an undeniable impact.

"Jamarria - the name resonates love, faith and a courage that I have never witnessed in someone so ill, much less a child," Howell said. "This fantastic little girl engraved her smile on my heart, taught me to love huge without question, and to fight with a mighty faith."

Howell believes Jamarria was a precious gift that has blessed her and so many others abundantly and forever.

"Please keep Jamarria's family and her school family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the loss of this precious girl," said Bossier Parish School Spokesman Sonja Bailes.

Jamarria's visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home on Highway 80 in Haughton.

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church, 421 Oak Ridge Drive in Benton.

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