Community rallies in support of Sarah Crane, 15-year-old cancer patient

Girl diagnosed with stage four colon cancer

ELKHART, Ind. - The father of a 15-year-old girl from Indiana says doctors have given the family little hope, but supporters and the girl have vowed to continue her fight against colon cancer.

Sarah Crane, a student at Elkhart Memorial High School, is suffering from stage four colon cancer. Doctors told the family that Sarah is the youngest known person in her condition.

Sarah is home with her family after receiving several rounds of chemotherapy. On Facebook earlier this week, Sarah's father, Dean Crane, said the medical community told the family the girl's condition is "inoperable, untreatable and terminal."

Organizers of the #SARAHSTRONG campaign aren't accepting that prognosis. Neither is Sarah.

"I believe in Jesus and I am not afraid to die," Sarah's father said his daughter told the family. "I am not ready to give up and I AM BEATING THIS."

Sarah's friends told ABC 57 in South Bend that the girl wants to spend as much time as she can with her family because she doesn't know how much time she has left.

"She said it's nothing to be depressed about," said friend Gabby Graham. "She's really strong about it, a real inspiration to everybody."

Actively involved in track, cross country and her school's dance team, Sarah learned of her diagnosis on July 10, after going to the doctor because of a spider-like bruise on her back.

She immediately began a very difficult regiment of chemotherapy and surgeries, as the cancer involved her colon, liver, lungs and bowels.

"It's heartbreaking for the family, heartbreaking for me to watch," said Adam Homo, Sarah's track coach.

Sarah ran a six-mile race just two days before receiving her diagnosis.

"Just think about how difficult that must have been," Homo said.

The community has organized in support of Sarah and her family, communicating through the sarahstrong.org website and on Facebook .

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