Copperas Cove: Fifth Grader Whom Community Rallied Around Loses Fight Against Cancer

A Copperas Cove fifth grader whose fight against cancer inspired the community died early Tuesday.

Alyssa Ranard (Family photo)

COPPERAS COVE (February 5, 2013)—Alyssa Ranard, a fifth grader at Martin Walker Elementary School in Copperas Cove, who was diagnosed in June with metastatic multifocal osteosarcoma, died early Tuesday morning.

“Our beautiful baby fought so hard…she passed 6:19 this morning,” a posting on The Home Front For Hope For Alyssa Facebook page said.

Services were pending Tuesday at Scott’s Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, where donations are being accepted to pay for Alyssa’s funeral.

In July residents pitched in to help Alyssa’s family put on a community birthday party for the girl, who was being treated at the McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White in Temple for the cancer, which attacks the bones and can be difficult to treat.

Dairy Queen in Lampasas donated more than 300 ice cream cones, Pizza Hut in Copperas Cove helped with the food, soldiers from Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division collected presents, and a Temple company provided two bounce houses free of charge.

A Gatesville resident whom the family didn’t know sent a letter containing $40.

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