Just weeks after her battle with a rare form of cancer took a turn for the worse, the family of a young Calgary girl announced that she passed away on Thursday night.

Natasha 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.

Since her diagnosis, the young girl dedicated her life to raising awareness about the disease while chasing her dream of becoming a competitive cheerleader.

On Thursday night, the second night that her family had organized a candlelight vigil outside their Signal Hill home, they made the announcement that she had passed away.

Family friends spoke to the gathering, honouring Natasha’s life and strength and reminding them that her mission is not over. They urged everyone to continue to raise awareness about childhood cancers.

Along with the speeches, videos of Natasha were played on a screen to music.

The family had planned to hold weekly vigils for Natasha because they knew she didn’t have much time left.

A pair of online campaigns to raise funds for funeral expenses for Natasha Gould’s family has raised nearly $80,000.

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