Hannah Tate loses cancer battle
Hannah Tate, 19, was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor the day before her 18th birthday.
ALCOA, TN (WBIR) - An Alcoa teen who inspired so many others while she battled a rare cancer, has died.
Hannah Tate, 19, was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor the day before her 18th birthday. The once active student-athlete saw her life transform with a series of doctors, hospitals, and treatments.
Her mother posted the news of her daughter's death on Facebook on Tuesday. A vigil for the Alcoa High School graduate was scheduled for Wednesday, after the family revealed the young woman was not doing well.
That planned vigil has now become a memorial.
Despite dealing with her devastating diagnosis, Hannah kept living life. We first met her before her senior prom, when celebrity stylist Tokyo Stylez surprised her with a special makeover. That was five months after her diagnosis.
Tokyo was inspired by Hannah's story, which she shared on social media. She asked him to send her a wig to wear for the prom, but Tokyo showed up in person to help her pull off the perfect look for that special night.
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Then in September, Hannah shocked everyone when she was able to travel to Florida for a fundraiser in her honor, just days after undergoing brain surgery!
All along, Hannah and her mother LaVetta Spann have relied on and taken comfort in their faith.
Spann told WBIR 10News Tuesday evening she feels peace following her daughter's death.
"You don't have to be sorry because my baby is in Heaven, and I'm just happy knowing that," Spann said. You might not understand it, but I have peace."
Hannah died Tuesday afternoon at UT Medical Center, after doctors discovered a large tumor in her brain.
She was surrounded by her grandmother Paulette Pace and two nurses.
"I was there to let her know, 'Go on, Hannah. God's got you," Pace told 10News. "God gave her her wings. She's in a better place. She's in a place of rest."
Hannah's other family members, including her mother, brothers and sister, all had a chance to see Hannah before her death.
"It was all peaceful," Spann said. "Everybody, you know, they were sad and crying and stuff, and I just told them, 'Hey, no, we got to praise God because Hannah is now in Heaven.'"
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