Jazmyn Nicole Dupree's long battle with cancer has ended. The 14-year-old died Friday at her family's Omaha home.
“She was fighting cancer for over three years now. She put up a strong fight,” said an aunt, Nina Sanders of Memphis, Tenn., a family spokeswoman.
Jazmyn had rhabdomyosarcoma. Although rare, it is the most common soft tissue tumor in children.
Jazmyn grew up in Omaha and attended Sacred Heart School before advancing to South at the start of this school year.
“She actually got to go to school a little bit” at South High School before she became too ill, her aunt said. The teenager made the South cheer squad, but didn't get to cheer for any games. “She went to a few practices and she got really weak,” her aunt said.
“She liked fashion and design, cheering and to spend time with her family,” Sanders said. “She was very smart, very kind-hearted and funny.”
Other survivors include her parents, Talisha and Jocko Dupree of Omaha; siblings Brandon Carson, Ashlei Dupree and Michael Dupree; and Omaha grandparents Giovanna Joiner, Georgette Dupree and Glenda Mae Sanders.
Her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2218 Binney St.
The Jazmyn Nicole Dupree Benefit Fund has been set up at Metro Credit Union to help the family with expenses. Deposits can be made in person or mailed to Metro Credit Union, The Jazmyn Nicole Dupree Benefit Fund, 14509 F St., Omaha, NE 68137.
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