(WJLA) - Gabriella Miller, the young Loudoun County girl who bravely battled cancer and used her fight to inspire thousands, passed away over the weekend.
The Miller family, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, announced that Gabriella, 10, passed away late Saturday night.
In late 2012, Gabriella contracted an inoperable brain tumor and underwent an ardous regiment of chemotherapy and radiation. To help in her fight, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped her encourage tens of thousands of children to write letters to Santa Claus to ask for a cure for cancer.
Their original goal of 10,000 letters was shattered by a long shot- by the end of her campaign, more than 200,000 letters had been sent. In conjunction with the effort, the Macy's department store chain donated $25,000 to help 36 other children get their wishes granted.
Gabriella's family said in a lengthy Facebook post that she slipped into a comfortable "coma-like sleep" before she passed away. The family had friends and relatives by their side when she passed.
Her parents say that they've decided to donate their daughter's tumor for medical research in an attempt to find a cure to the disease that took Gabriella.
"Do something, anything, in honor of Gabriella so that other children, their family and their friends don't have to go through what we have and are going through," her parents wrote on Facebook.