Sunday, September 9, 2012
Jane Fiemeyer's death prompts others to act
WADENA, Minn. - Eight-year-old Jane Fiemeyer captured our hearts earlier this week at Children's Hospital when we found out her dying wish was to meet popular boy band, Big Time Rush.
"I wanted to meet them in person," she told KARE 11 from her hospital bed on Tuesday.
For the past year she has battled Leukemia, and soon after this week's interview people from around the world came to battle for her.
Taking to Twitter, the masses started a campaign of compassion to get Big Time Rush to notice. And notice they did.
"At 2 o'clock they planned to Skype with her," said family friend Lisa Reddick. "And unfortunately she passed away before that happened."
Reddick says Jane died with love surrounding her at home in Wadena at 11:30 Thursday morning.
Thinking they had at least a week or so, Fiemeyer was set to SKYPE with Big Time Rush. The band members were going to surprise her by saying they would meet her in person Monday. The group rearranged their schedule to do so.
But a taped video Fiemeyer watched earlier in the day had to be enough.
"This morning she got to watch a video Big Time Rush made for her saying they loved her and they were big time fans of hers," said Reddick.
They aren't the only ones.
The Big Time Rush's fans, known as "Rushers" did their best to take over Twitter Thursday, sending messages of support for someone they never even met.
Perhaps it was Fiemeyer's love for everything glam that struck a chord. In her remaining days she was seen wearing glittered shirts and pink wigs.
Or maybe her admirers loved the fact that during her cancer battle she found the time to make wallets out of duct tape and sold them to raise money for cancer research.
Before she died, she raised more than $900.
"She was a very selfless little girl," she said.
It was that little girl even in her worst days who showed us courage and grace that most of us find difficult to show in our best.
"We lost a very special little girl today, but she's not gone," said Reddick.
That's because her legacy continues to grow. A new Twitter campaign is already underway in hopes of getting Big Time Rush to sing at her funeral.
A fund has been set up in Jane's memory. It is called the "Princess Warrior Fund" at First National Bank in Wadena. The donated money will help the family and go towards cancer organizations.
Jane raised more than $2,100 for the organization Cure Search, which supports children's cancer research, by making the colorful duct tape wallets. You can order one and donate whatever amount you'd like by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Family and friends have now formed "Team Jane" and will now continue to make them in her memory.