Family of Natasha Gould, who won the hearts of Calgarians while fulfilling her dream of taking part in a cheerleading competition, confirm the 12-year-old has passed away.

On Thursday night, loved ones gathered outside of the Gould residence in Signal Hill to say goodbye to Natasha with a candlelight vigil.

Gould was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) over a year ago and the inoperable brain tumour was expected to take her life within 18 months.

Following her diagnosis, Gould continued her pursuit of competitive cheerleading. In March, the little girl achieved her goal and cheered alongside her friends in the Calgary Stars  Stampede City Showdown competition.

Gould’s story captured the attention of recording artist Omi who invited the girl onstage during his Calgary show in May where he dedicated his performance of ‘Cheerleader’ to her.

In late July, Gould’s health deteriorated. The little girl weakened and she required a feeding tube as she was unable to swallow solid food or liquids.

Natasha Gould passed away on Thursday evening.

For more information on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, visit the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.