CORAL SPRINGS, FL - A middle school cheerleader whose battle with brain cancer received worldwide support has died, her family and friends announced on social media on Thursday.
Emma Sorensen, who was 13, had inspired thousands of people on Facebook and other media as she fought against the debilitating disease. Her GoFundMe page has raised more than $82,000 to help her family offset medical bills.
It was her radiant smile, cheerleading abilities, and ultimately her determination, captured post-by-post over months on Facebook, that drew in news coverage and encouragement from followers from all corners of the globe.
For much of her life, Sorensen has been a normal teenager, but life changed in an instant when she had a seizure at the dinner table. After doctors checked her out, they found aggressive cancer in her brain.
The Facebook post announcing her death, on the EmmaStrong fan page, encouraged her supporters to remember her “sparkle.”
The post said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts I let you all know that at 11:40 am today our Emma got her wings. She was an angel to us here on earth and now can be an angel to everyone from heaven. May she spread her sparkle everywhere! May her smile continue to light up this earth!”
Visit her GoFundMe page here.