GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – After a more than five year battle with cancer, Delaney Clements doesn’t have to fight anymore. The teenager took her last breath early Monday morning.

The 13-year-old had been battling cancer but had been in hospice care for the last several weeks.

Delaney meets Taylor Swift (credit: Wendy Campbell)

Delaney meets Taylor Swift (credit: Wendy Campbell)

Delaney’s mom posted this on her Facebook account: “With all the sorrow a heart can hold, we are beyond grief at the loss of the most amazing person in our lives. Please more than ever respect our privacy at this time as we mourn the loss of our beautiful angel.”

In December of last year, the teenager met her idol, Taylor Swift, when the pop star made a visit to her Grand Junction home.

The two took some silly selfies.

(credit: Wendy Campbell)

(credit: Wendy Campbell)

And Swift posed for pictures with Delaney and her friends.

(credit: Wendy Campbell)

(credit: Wendy Campbell)

Despite a grim prognosis, Delaney kept her positive attitude throughout her cancer battle.

“I believe I got cancer because I’ve heard the saying that God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers, and I honestly believe that I am one of his strongest soldiers, so he chose me,” she said in a video posted online.

Delaney also inspired other kids to shave their heads after she lost her hair in all the chemotherapy treatments.

Delaney’s friend, Kamryn Renfro, shaved her head in support of her cancer fight. She was asked to stay home from her school in Grand Junction because she violated the school’s dress code.

Shortly after that, other children across Colorado started shaving their heads to show support for Delaney, including Dillon Newcomer from Frisco.

Dillon and Delaney (credit: CBS)

Dillon and Delaney (credit: CBS)

Delaney touched the hearts of many and her goal was to inspire others to take a stand against childhood cancer.


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