Derby Teen Loses Her Battle With Cancer

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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December 12, 2012

A Derby teenager has died, months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Family members said Bekah Crowe, 14, died early this morning. KAKE News shared Bekah's story earlier this month.

Rather than giving up hope, Bekah created a bucket list.
With the help of many, most of the items on her list were checked off.

"She'd never had anything more than a cold; very healthy, very active young girl, very happy-go-lucky," said Bekah's Great Aunt, Terrie Cross. "And then just seemingly, overnight, everything changed."

Bekah's life took a 180-degree turn in September when she was diagnosed with stage four Ovarian Carcinoma.

"For it to strike a teenager it is extremely extremely rare," Cross said.

Not only rare, but also aggressive. Bekah immediately began chemotherapy, and initially, the tumor responded and began to shrink.

"That gave us all such tremendous hope we thought wow she's going to be the one who beats this," Cross said. "And we were not right."

The tumor metastisized, and doctors determined there was nothing more they could do to stop the progression.

Among the items on her wish list included riding a horse.

"It was just something that she wanted one more time," Cross said.

And getting behind the wheel of a car.

"I have never seen that girl with a bigger grin and giggle," Cross said.

She also wanted to be a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding that was set for March.

"They arranged for the chapel at Wesley, and they had a wedding ceremony so Bekah got to walk down the aisle," Cross said.

A simple gynecological exam could catch the cancer early, and maybe give the next person a different outcome.

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