A 15-year-old Indiana girl whose brave struggle with cancer who inspired thousands, including stars like CeeLo Green and Tom Cruise, has died.
The purple Sarah Strong campaign began when Sarah Crane of Michiana was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in July, one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with such an advanced form of the disease.
Over the last five months she endured multiple surgeries and two intensive rounds of chemotherapy but the cancer did not respond to treatment.
Sarah Crane’s grace and courage in the face of such an ordeal inspired her whole community, who turned out en masse in purple ‘Sarah Strong’ t-shirts to raise money for the Crane family in fun runs, parades, cookouts and car washes.
The teenager’s death has triggered an outpouring of grief from people around the country who were touched by Sarah Crane’s story.
‘No matter what, I’m still going to wear my shirt for Sarah,’ 13-year-old Nick Matthews told WNDU today.
Sarah was a sophomore at Elkhart Memorial High School when she became one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with such an advanced form of colon cancer.0