Creator of 'Jordyn's Jems' honored at vigil in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - She spent her final days bringing joy and happiness to children in the hospital. Jordyn Conner, 19, battled bone cancer for years, but she still started an outreach program for children at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

She and her friends thought she'd pull through but she didn't. She passed away last night at UK Hospital. That's why dozens gathered at Reba Park in Richmond to remember her.

"I didn't expect to lose my best friend at a young age when she could be living her life," said Lauren Denton, Jordyn's friend.

We've followed Jordyn's journey through "Jordyn's Jems" at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

"I want to continue to do it for her and keep it going," said Denton.

Friends tell us her dying wish to hand out 100 Easter baskets has inspired them to keep the tradition alive. Tuesday night they kept her memory alive with candles, balloons, and stories of Jordyn.

"The limo driver rolled down the top drop and she got to get out in Times Square, she was rolling around without her wig," said a friend.

Some friends couldn't speak, saying the news of her death was something they never expected.

"Jordyn woke up every day and she just lived life like she had forever," said Jessica Jones, Jordyn's friend. "She didn't complain. She never said why me."

So they let go of balloons, saying they'll never let go of Jordyn Conner.

With Jordyn Conner being from Ohio, her family is there arranging her funeral and wasn't able to attend Tuesday night's vigil.

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