Hundreds gather to remember Katelyn Norman

Hundreds gather to remember Katelyn Norman

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The story of Katelyn's bucket list prom touched so many, and now friends and family hope to make her final wish come true. The story of Katelyn's bucket list prom touched so many, and now friends and family hope to make her final wish come true.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - Before Katelyn Norman lost her battle to bone cancer, she was able to check off the number one item on her bucket list, going to prom. But there are still several wishes her friends and family plan to fulfill in her memory.

For starters the teen's wish was a funeral where her loved ones celebrate the good memories not dwell on the sad ones.

"It's more of a fun gathering of a friends rather than mourning," explained her best friend Brandon Huckaby.

Family friends and an entire community said their final goodbyes Monday night to the teenage girl who inspired people around the world with her courageous fight against bone cancer.

Katelyn Norman, 14, passed away last Friday.

The visitation and funeral were held at Lafollete Church of God and even strangers joined in the celebration of life service to pay tribute to the young teen.

Derek Hinckley was one of the people in attendance who never had the opportunity to meet Katelyn Norman.

"You just feel for the family, and you feel a connection and I think people come together, whether they know the person personally or not they come together at this time and they rally," said Hinckley.

Hinckley and his two brothers have been following Katelyn's story, and the band of brothers performed an original song at the funeral, inspired by Kate.

"Hopefully it helps people remember her in a good light, in the best possible way, and helps them cope," he explained.

The song, entitled "Her Prom" is about those final days of Katelyn's life.

With lyrics like "she wants to glitter, she wants the light. She wants the music to dance to all night," it's a song inspired by her strength and courage.

It was just one of the moments in an evening that was meant to celebrate her life.

"She wouldn't want the whole everyone dress in black, cover your hands and cry type of deal, she would want bright colors," said Huckaby.

Hundreds wore green in honor of Kate's favorite color as they said their final goodbyes.

"It's emotional. Watching her grow up, it's not easy, it's not easy at all. I love her but she's in a better place, everybody's happy she's in a better place and not in pain anymore," said Robert Kitts, Katelyn's cousin.

The story of Katelyn's bucket list prom touched so many, and now friends and family hope to make her final wish come true.

"She wanted to make sure no one else was suffering, and no one had to go through what she had gone through so she actually made me promise, that [we make] a foundation set up to help children with cancer," said Huckaby.

A dream they know they can accomplish because of the generosity of so many. Donations continue to pour in from all over the world. They are close to raising $100,000.

"It's amazing," said Huckaby. "Amazing to see how one person in a small town like Jacksboro can touch so many lives around the world."

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