Last October, we introduced you to a young, courageous, and very strong girl named Alyssa Ranard from Copperas Cove. She was fighting a rare form of bone cancer, but Tuesday morning she lost her battle.
"She had the most amazing smile. People knew Alyssa for her smile," said Sonya Brend, Alyssa Ranard's grandmother and she looks at the last picture of Alyssa smiling, which was taken when her dad came from California just to see her, this past weekend.
"We think she waited for her dad because once her dad left last night, that was it. The battle was over," said Brend.
Alyssa lost her battle to a rare bone cancer early Tuesday morning."To the end she did not give up," said Brend.
"Even until the end, this child just never ceased to amaze me. The beauty inside of her was just amazing," said Alyssa's mother, Misty Rich.
Alyssa and her Misty spent the past seven months in and out of the hospital. Alyssa shared her story on Facebook and even had the entire town rally behind her with a big blood drive for her rare O-Negative blood type.
Aylssa's health took a turn for the worst around Christmas, but she held on long enough to celebrate one more birthday in January.
"We didn't think she'd make it 11, but she did," said Brend. "She fooled every body."
She was an 11-year-old who loved her Monster High dolls and adored shopping. Alyssa's family will always remember her strength and never forget the impact she had on their lives.
"She was an amazing child. She was a gift from god," said Rich.
"She was still fighting it all the way, just that little body couldn't take no more," said Brend.
Alyssa's family has posted this banner on the front lawn, welcoming anyone to come by and remember Alyssa.
Alyssa's medical bills have given her family financial hardships. There is a way you can donate to give Alyssa a proper burial. Just contact any Chase bank, the accounts are under the names Alyssa Ranard or Misty Rich.