Memorial services set for local teen whose cancer battle inspired around the world

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Savannah Lewis, the 16-year-old from Copperas Cove whose brave battle with cancer inspired people across Central Texas and around the world, passed away Tuesday evening her father confirmed to KWTX.

Savannah Lewis

David Lewis said his daughter passed away a little before 6pm Tuesday. Lewis said he wanted to thank everyone for their continued support and asked for prayers for the family during the difficult time.

Savannah was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in the summer of 2016.

She started treatment, but the cancer had spread and on Nov. 29 the Copperas Cove High School student entered hospice care .

She didn't face the difficult days alone.

The community rallied around Lewis making sure the young girl's Christmas wish of seeing her home decorated for the holidays one last time was granted.

A small army of nearly 330 Jeep owners banded together to stage a parade past the front door of Savannah’s home as she watched from a chair in the driveway, alongside her father who is part of the Jeepers community.

Savannah's final wish was to see snowflakes and in late December volunteers held a candlelight vigil in the front yard of the home with bright lights, music and even a man-made snowstorm.

The teenager watched and listened to the dozens of supporters caroling in her front yard from her bedroom window, but then shocked her family when she asked to go outside for the first time in days so she could feel the man-made snowflakes.

She stood for the first time in days as she soaked the moment all in.

Savannah's doctors told her family in November they did not think she would live until Christmas.

Her family said she was determined to first see Christmas and then the New Year.

Savannah Lewis died on Jan. 2.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Christian House of Prayer in Copperas Cove, with Pastor Steve Estep officiating.