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Family, friends remember young cancer victim

HAMPSTEAD -- On Friday a young Pender County girl lost her battle with cancer. Monday friends and family of Emily Hollis celebrated her short life. More than 500 people showed up to remember the little girl who courageously battled a cancerous brain tumor. In her six short years she touched hundreds of people. Monday they celebrated the life of Emily Hollis, wearing her favorite colors: pink and purple. Emily was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in August of 2005. We first met Emily a year ago when her family and friends gathered near the Hollis home in Hampstead. Thhey were welcoming Emily back from five months of chemotherapy and radiation at Duke Children's Hospital. Emily's mom Dawn Hollis said, "I appreciate everybody's support. It's been unbelievable what she's been through." Ever since Emily's diagnosis the community has rallied around the Hollis family. Emily became a poster child for raising awareness for childhood cancer through her group known as Emily's Encouragers. Stephanie Ottaway with Emily's Encouragers said, "She was always smiling every time we saw her. She smiled in the hospital through everything she went through she rarely cried." There was no cure for Emily's condition. Even so, she endured research trials, and countless tests, the hope being what she went through might help save another young life. "We learn from Emily's struggle that it's not about the joy of life," Ottaway said. Balloons were released into the sky to symbolize Emily's freedom from illness. Emily loved to draw. She loved butterflies and Scooby Doo, and most of all, she loved to spend time with her family. Emily Grace Hollis was six years old.

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Grace and Mercy

I am taking this opportunity to bless the family of Emily with more Grace and Mercy for all that God has allow you to encounter. His Grace is sufficient for you and you shall endure Mercy all the days of your life as yoy dwell in the house of the Lord. May God richly bless you with strength, joy, and peace in Jesus Name! Amen!

Fighting brain tomurs cancer

We all sit and wounder why a child so young as Emily had to leave this world so soon.That is an answer we will all never know but the Lord up above.As I said about my son who we lost.She is in a better place and has completed her jurney home were there is no pain no sadness no hurting there is only peace and joy and she walkes along gods side as one of his glowing angels.And we all need to be right with our heavenly father above and we to will meet up with Emily again.My prayers go out to the family.