PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Family, friends, and community members honored the life of a young girl Friday, whom they say died too soon.
Family members say 13-year-old Kimberly Batchelor passed away Thursday morning at 12:30.
Kimberly was one of only 30 people in the country diagnosed with Leptomeningeal Oligodendrogliomatosis. This type of cancer impacts the brain, the brain stem and the spine.
On Friday, Topsail High School invited the community to the softball team's home opener for a ceremony in honor of Kimberly.
Kimberly's sister, Katelyn Batchelor threw out the ceremonial first pitch. "She always liked to pick on you," said Batchelor. "She always spoke her mind and always made you laugh."
The team held a moment of silence in her honor.
Afterwards, players drew their initials in the sand as a sign of solidarity for the teammate they never had. Bracelets were also sold in the stands with Kimberly's name and her favorite Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11.
Even those who didn't know Kimberly are wearing her name with pride.
"It's amazing how this community comes together when one of their own is in need," said Lisa Byrd.
Community members say they plan to keep fighting in honor of Kimberly Batchelor.
At this time, no funeral arrangements have been made.
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