CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) – Toni black's parents say they'll never forget their daughter's unbelievable welcome home.
At least 12 thousand people lined I-64 and Route 60 from Beckley all the way to Toni's hometown of Chesapeake, Ohio.
Toni came home April 3 from North Carolina after her doctors said the treatment for her lung and brain cancer wasn't working anymore.
At 23 years old, Toni passed away just a week later.
"She talked with us about her trip home,” Toni’s father said. “She was only with us six or seven more days, but she was so proud these people came out and supported her."
Toni had been battling the disease since March of 2011 and nominated her supporters as hometown heroes.
Those supporters say Toni is the real hero.
The family is starting a non-profit organization to help other young cancer patients and their families.
They say the legacy of this hometown hero will continue to touch lives for many years to come.