PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A 15-year-old Belfry High School student lost her battle with cancer over the weekend.
According to her obituary, Casey Michelle Maynard, of South Williamson, died Saturday at Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington.
Casey was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma more than a year ago. About a month ago, she received more devastating news, and hospice care came to help Casey and her family.
Students at Belfry High School wore yellow on Monday, as they remembered their classmate. "We're just talking about good times with her and how it was great to know her," says Brandon Church.
"I did not think it was true, it is hard to believe," says Katelyn Yates.
Even when in pain, even when in the fight for her life, they say Casey always had a smile on her face, exemplifying strength and faith.
Ty Hensley says, "You could not be around her and have a bad time, she was just that kind of person."
"Never quit. She never gave up once, she fought all the way through it," says Church.
They say now for years down the road students who come through the doors at Belfry will know the story of, Casey Maynard, and the true meaning of never giving up.
Principal Mark Gannon, says it is story that is also influencing the entire community.
Gannon explains, "It has reached out into our community to not give up hope. To be that young and have that kind of outlook on the life that she knew was coming to an end...that is very important." He adds," Even though she lost the battle, maybe better yet she's actually won the battle."
Leaving a legacy of strength, leaving that sense of hope for those she leaves behind.
Church says, "She would say not to worry, she is in a better place. She got good with the Lord, she is out of pain now."
Inspiring them all to have faith and never ever give up.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Belfry High School auditorium. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the school's auditorium, with a burial to follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens in Huddy, Ky.