A 12-year-old Calgary girl who won hearts while pursuing her dream of competing as a cheerleader in the face of deteriorating health has regressed in her fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Natasha Gould was diagnosed with DIPG just over a year ago. The aggressive, inoperable brain tumour usually claims a pediatric patient within a period of nine to 18 months.

On Thursday, Gould’s family said the young girl has weakened. Natasha now requires a feeding tube as she is no longer able to swallow solid food or liquids and she communicates to her loved ones through hand gestures or a series of taps.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday night outside of the Gould’s home located at 244 Sierra Morena Place Southwest in the community of Signal Hill. The event is scheduled to begin at dusk, roughly 9:30 p.m., and will include prayers for Natasha and children around the world currently battling cancer.

The Gould family hopes for a strong showing of support as Natasha will watch the event from the window of her home.

Throughout Natasha’s fight with DIPG, she continued to chase her dream of becoming a competitive cheerleader. In March, she achieved her goal and competed alongside her friends during a prestigious competition.

Natasha’s story caught the attention of recording artist Omi. During his Calgary concert in May, Omi invited Natasha on stage where she danced and sang alongside the singer during his performance of ‘Cheerleader’