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14-year-old Kennedy Branham's memory and mission lives on

Kennedy Branham (Source: Facebook) Kennedy Branham (Source: Facebook)

They say everything happens for a reason.

"God chooses certain people for certain things and she was a strong one, and He knew it," said Russell Stringer, a friend of Kennedy Branham.

Kennedy Branham was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was just 13 years old. She could have said "why me?" but instead, she said, how can I use this to help others.

"She worried more about other people and other people's feelings than she did herself," said Fred McCurdy, Kennedy's grandfather.

Kennedy became a cheerleader for others, bringing hope to people throughout the Midlands.

"She was wise beyond her years and she's taught us things that we'll carry on forever," said Stringer.

Friends say Kennedy wanted to make it to Christmas. She got her wish.

"She fought up to the end. She had a smile. She opened Christmas presents on the day before," said McCurdy.

She's gone now, but through her family and friends, she'll never be forgotten.

"Don't ever forget Kennedy. She never forgot y'all," said McCurdy.

"Certain people teach you how to live, and certain people teach you how to die. Kennedy was one of those who taught you both," added Stringer.

Kennedy was a huge Gamecocks fan.

USC wide receiver Shaq Roland tweeted that there is no doubt they will go win the Capital One Bowl for her.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 31 at Lexington Baptist Church. Visitation will be Dec. 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church.

There will be a private burial service.

Memorial gifts may be made to Happy Wheels/Kennedy's Kids, 133 Dupre Mill Court, Lexington, SC 29072. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, 7 Richland Medical Park Dr. Suite 7215, Columbia, SC 29203 or Camp Kemo, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, 7 Richland Medical Park, Suite 203, Columbia, SC 29203.

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