KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A KCK family is remembering the good times and honoring a 7-year old girl who passed away Tuesday morning. Caroline Lopez spent the last two years battling brain cancer, but that`s not all her family says she did in her young life.
Her story has inspired so many, and that`s what Caroline`s family wants people not to lose sight of. Tuesday evening, Janna Lopez sat with her kids and a nephew, hours after saying a final goodbye to her daughter Caroline.
“She put up one good fight for two years," said Lopez.
Instead of focusing on her heartbreak, Lopez is remembering the good times, including Caroline`s special trip to a `make believe' north pole in Johnson County last year, courtesy of the group "Elves of Christmas present."
"That was a very amazing day and it still lives on really strong in our family," said Lopez.
She says her Caroline loved princesses, so naturally she was overjoyed to see one show up at her door last Christmas Eve, whisk her away in a limo, and then onto an airplane.
"Caroline loved flying. Loved flying”, said Lopez.
After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries, it was a chance for Caroline to just be a kid.
"Just forget about doctors and hospitals and chemo treatments. I mean it was just amazing,” said Lopez.
She says it was fitting for the girl who battled cancer like a champ, and with an attitude like you wouldn`t believe.
"I would tell her, 'baby it`s the start of a chemo week' and she would be like, 'yay, chemo.'" said Lopez.
She says her daughter enjoyed socializing with all of the nurses, and wouldn’t start treatment until she got to greet them all. Lopez says her young daughter taught others how to live.
"She`s taught our family a lot about life. You look at the little things and don`t even think twice about them. When the big things come along you go at them with a smile on your face," said Lopez.
From now on, Caroline's family will think of her when they gaze up at the stars.
"We`re going to find the brightest star because that`s going to be Caroline shining down on us,” said Lopez.
She says she will also honor her daughter by bringing awareness to the cancer that killed her. If you’d like to help the family, or donate to Elves of Christmas Present, click the links below.