A Marion County teen whose battle with cancer touched people across the nation has died. Amber Slatton was a senior at Whitwell High School. Last April, at the age of 17, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Undifferentiated Abdominal Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. She's being remembered for her courage and grace.

Marion Countians came together this year for Amber. Friends and strangers in South Pittsburg, Jasper and Whitwell were unified in support of her battle with cancer. "Pray for Amber" signs could be seen throughout Marion County.  

They comforted her when she had to leave school for surgery at a hospital in Texas. They wore red in her honor when she received her high school diploma, with honors, just before Christmas.  They visited, offering encouragement, as she held on to her dreams of recovering, and going on to college. She had hoped to attend Middle Tennessee State University, and study orthodontics.

Thanks to the power of social media, Amber's story touched people around the nation, and worldwide. Entertainers like Jana Kramer were contacted by Make a Wish, singing Christmas songs with her. Staff members at Childrens Hospital at Erlanger provided tender loving care.

In the end, the cancer had spread too far, and Amber's body weakened. Her spirit remained strong and she taught us all how to cherish every moment, every family member, every friend.  

The funeral service will be Thursday Dec. 31st at 2:00 p.m. CST at Whitwell High School. For more details on visitation and burial arrangements, click here.

For more from David Carroll on the life of Amber Slatton, click here.