Little Lilee-Jean Frances Putt passed away on Friday as her mother held her in her arms while her father played guitar.
Vigils were held in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Harrison Hot Springs Saturday night for the little girl with brain cancer whose story so captivated the local area and beyond.
"It is with broken hearts we make this post," wrote Lilee-Jean's parents Chelsey Whittle and Andrew Christopher on the Facebook page dedicated to the little girl. "As of 5:25 p.m., our princess Lilee-Jean Frances Putt, our angel here on earth, is now looking down on us from heaven. She had a rough day today, and is no longer in any distress. She passed away curled up in mommy's arms, listening to daddy play his guitar."
Lilee-Jean was diagnosed in October 2011 with glioblastoma—an aggressive brain cancer.
"It was probably the worst feeling you could ever feel in your life," Andrew told the Times two years ago.
Since then, the family has engaged in a very public fight against the disease, a period of time filled with unique fundraisers that garnered broad attention.
The most high profile of which was when Andrew's band, Pardon My Striptease, released a song he had written called Pray (For LJ). It was an instant sensation, rising up the iTunes rock chart all the way to number two, behind Nickelback's new single. That's when they put out a challenge to Nickelback to match funds raised by Pray (For LJ). The rockers did just that and donated $50,000 to the BC Children's Hospital.
The ups and downs of the family have been well-documented on the Love For Lilee Facebook page, which has nearly 13,000 "likes."
On Saturday, more than a hundred people gathered at Salish Park in Chilliwack to light candles and release baloons in honour of the little girl. Similar vigils were scheduled at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford and at the beach in Harrison Hot Springs.
Lilee-Jean's mother responded on Sunday on Facebook.
"We are completely overwhelmed by the LOVE for Lilee, and support and love for Andrew and myself. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping Lilee-Jean live on past her days on this Earth."
Keeping with the public nature of the family's fight against cancer, Lilee-Jean's parents decided the service should be public. It will be held on Sept. 28, the detail of which are yet to be determined, but it will be in Chilliwack or Abbotsford.
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