After giving inspiration, hope to many, Central Ga. child loses battle with cancer

Karma Lilly loses battle with cancer

The young girl who captured the hearts of so many people here in Central Georgia has passed away.

On Tuesday, 7-year-old Karma Lilly, lost her battle to neuroblastoma, which she's battled since she was 3.

Gabrielle Dawkins spent the day with her teachers to hear their memories of a girl who never quit fighting.

"It's hard for us, and I know it's got to be even harder for them. I couldn't have imagined what they are going through right now," says Sarah Lanier, Karma’s first grade teacher.

Karma Lilly sat in the front seat of her first grade class at Jeffersonville Elementary. Sarah Lanier says she remembers the moment Karma walked in her classroom.

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“She was well enough to come the first day and she was actually really involved with everything,” says Lanier. “She was so sweet and she would always run up and hold my hand and walk with me everywhere.”

Because of Karma's love for law enforcement, several police departments and sheriff's offices swore her in as an honorary deputy.

Karma received treatment in both New York and Atlanta, but doctors recently agreed they had exhausted all of their treatment options, and that Little's cancer was terminal.

Jennifer Smith, Karma's kindergarten teacher, says it was tough to receive the news.

“Our school is a family, and so we've all come together to support each other when we found out yesterday,” says Smith.

Smith describes Karma as, “Full of life, full of energy, very enthusiastic. Very curious about the world and a wonderful student.” She said her charismatic smile and personality will be missed.

Last year, Jeffersonville students showed support for Karma by raising hundreds of dollars and wearing her favorite color, purple. Smith says the love and support for her family will be everlasting.

“Continue to show that love and support to them as long as they are in our community, just because Karma is not a student here doesn't mean that we don't still hold them in our thoughts and prayers,” says Smith.

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Funeral arrangements for Karma have not been announced.

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A little girl who has captured the hearts of so many people here in Georgia has died.

Karma Lilly Little was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, when she was just three years old.

Her parents posted on a special Facebook page for her that she's died.

The Jeffersonville Elementary student recently celebrated her seventh birthday in August and Twiggs County Sheriff's Office made her an honorary deputy.

This was a dream for Karma Lilly, who said she always wanted to be a law enforcement officer. She received another surprise from the Houston County Sheriff's Office when they gave her a tour of their department.

Little had been receiving treatment in both New York and Atlanta, but doctors recently agreed they have exhausted all of their treatment options, and Little’s cancer is terminal.

"Our souls were shattered Tuesday as Karma passed away in her daddy's arms. It was sudden but peaceful. She was surrounded by LOVE and for that I am blessed," her parents posted on the Facebook page. 

The following is a Facebook post from Karma Lilly's parents:

This is Mom and Dad

Our souls were shattered Tuesday as Karma passed away in her daddy's arms. It was sudden but peaceful. She was surrounded by LOVE and for that I am blessed.

We are in California fulfilling a bucket list dream but God truly had other plans for her. We are grateful for each and every moment we have been given with our sweet Karma.

Karma is a beautiful fighter and our lives will be forever changed by her fearless spirit. She is with us constantly and we will carry her in our hearts.

Karma took her first earthly breath within her daddy's arms; and she took her final breath being held safely in his arms again. That is how God intended it to be.

The photo below is very personal and deeply exposing but this is the RAW emotional torment of Childhood Cancer. I was given the opportunity to hold Karma one final time. Nothing about the past almost 4 years of our reality has been fair. Being able to hold Karma and stay with her was heartbreakingly comforting.

Details for Visitation and Funeral will follow soon. We do ask for privacy over the next few days to come.

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