Columbia girl featured in St. Jude's commercials dies of cancer

4 months 50 minutes 50 seconds ago Tuesday, March 20 2018 Mar 20, 2018 Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:09:00 PM CDT March 20, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press & Monica Dunn, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl and cancer patient who was featured in commercials for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and honored at several sporting events has died.

A service in Columbia was streamed live online Monday to celebrate Elizabeth Joy "Lizzy" Wampler.

Grandfather Dee Wampler posted Thursday on Facebook that Lizzy's "courage and faith was made known to thousands."

Lizzy's story was chronicled through many news outlets and social media throughout the years. Her parents shared her journey on a Facebook page, "Elizabeth Joy's Walk of Faith: Together standing for Victory."

Lizzy's obituary says she has decided to continue helping others by donating parts of her body to St. Jude's for further research and to help find a cure for osteosarcoma, the bone cancer she battled.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.parkermillard.com.

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