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Hundreds turn out for Kimberly Batchelor's funeral service

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Kimberly prior to cancer diagnosis. (Source: Facebook) Kimberly prior to cancer diagnosis. (Source: Facebook)
Hundreds of people gathered at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday afternoon to pay respect to a teenager who touched the lives of many in the community. Hundreds of people gathered at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday afternoon to pay respect to a teenager who touched the lives of many in the community.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Hundreds of people gathered at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday afternoon to pay respect to a teenager who touched the lives of many in the community.

Kimberly Batchelor, 13, passed away Thursday morning at 12:30.

She 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.

A funeral service for Kimberly was held Monday afternoon at 2:00 at Scotts Hill Baptist Church.  Hundreds of people showed up and many of them wore lime green, her favorite color.

"All the kids talk about her a lot she was just a remarkable girl," said her teacher Mitzi Walker.

"She was a really good friend," said Abby Gardner, "I could always talk to her." They say the 13-year-old loved sports and studied hard.


"She was popular, played sports just a great girl," said Walker. 

"She was so nice and if the refs called something she didn't like, she was still happy," said basketball teammate, Victoria Daniel.  

Despite the diagnosis, they say she still smiled and fought hard for her life.

"She was strong as an individual as I've ever known," said David Gardner. "She just held it together for her mother and family as a whole."

Many said her fight inspired them.

"She never stopped," said Daniel. "She just showed people to keep going no matter what."

"Not only did Kimberly affect us in our life," said Walker. "She taught us how to live life."

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