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Friends remember Pike County teen for 'never giving up' against cancer

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 15-year-old, Casey Maynard, a student at Belfry High School, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday.

"I did not think it was true, it is hard to believe," says Katelyn Yates.

Even when in pain, even when in the fight for her life. They say Casey always had a smile on her face, exemplifying strength and faith.

Students at Belfry High School wore yellow on Monday, as they remember their classmate. "We're just talking about good times with her and how it was great to know her," says Brandon Church.

Ty Hensley says, "You could not be around her and have a bad time, she was just that kind of person."

"Never quit. She never gave up once, she fought all the way through it," says Church.

They say now for years down the road students who come through the doors at Belfry will know the story of, Casey Maynard, and the true meaning of never giving up.

Principal Mark Gannon, says it is story that is also influencing the entire community.

Gannon explains, "It has reached out into our community to not give up hope. To be that young and have that kind of outlook on the life that she knew was coming to an end...that is very important." He adds," Even though she lost the battle, maybe better yet she's actually won the battle."

Leaving a legacy of strength, leaving that sense of hope for those she leaves behind.

Church says, "She would say not to worry, she is in a better place. She got good with the Lord, she is out of pain now."

Inspiring them all to have faith and never ever give up.

Casey's visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday, at 6 o'clock in the Belfry High School Auditorium.

On Thursday, all Belfry area schools are closed for her funeral at two o'clock...that will also take place at the high school.

If you would like to help the Maynard family, proceeds from the wrestling event at Williamson Fieldhouse on April 19th, will be going to the family.

Fighting for her life. As the days get tougher for a Pike County teen...a community continues to rally and fight for her cause. Belfry High School Sophomore, Casey Maynard, is battling cancer and her courage is a beacon of light in the small Pond Creek community

"It is sad," says Maynard's classmate, Keyara Lloyd.

"It is scary," adds Heather Brooks.

Cancer is something no one expects to deal with, especially high school students...but Mark Gannon says it is something his students are all too familiar with.

Gannon says, "It is nothing new to our school unfortunately. However, it says a lot about our community how we pull together and help one another in these times."

Most recently rallying around 15-year-old, Casey Maynard, diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma more than a year ago and about one month ago received more devastating news.

Family member Tonya Webb says, "At the past couple doctors visits they pretty much told her there wasn't anything else they could do."

Now home in hospice care, family members say you would never know Casey is as sick as the doctors say.

Webb says, "She is such a positive person, encouraging person, and so strong. I've never heard her once ask, 'Why me?' or get down...she has been such a trooper."

It is that attitude that inspires Casey's community to also not give up and that is why they will come together the Belfry High School track on Saturday to support the teen.

"We wanted to do something really big for her to let her know hey you're not forgotten, we are in this battle with you," explains Webb.

They say battling alongside Casey, gives her strength.

Lloyd says, " She's happy she can see everyone supporting her....it really means something to her."

Seeing that fight, is something they say inspires and strengthens their entire community.

"We believe in miracles and we believe she's going to battle and keep fighting this. Casey is a fighter and she's not giving up," says Webb.

The "Support Casey's Cause" event is taking place Saturday, March 8th, from 2pm-4pm at Belfry High School.

If Casey is feeling well enough, she plans to be in attendance and family members say she looks forward spending time with everyone who has been and continues to support her.

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