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Newnan cheerleader's fighting spirit remembered

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NEWNAN, Ga. -

The Newnan community held a special tribute in honor of a high school student who touched many lives in a short time.

Madeline McTier's battle with cancer garnered an outpouring of support from fellow cheerleaders and others across the country. Through Facebook, her fight grabbed the attention of young women across the country.

Madeline lost her year-long battle on Tuesday. She was 17.

On Friday, McTier's classmates at East Coweta High School wore gray to bring attention to cancer research. Madeline was also honored at the school's football game on Friday night.

"She had a huge impact on our school, and she's just really brought our community together," said Katie Sutherland.

Throughout her long fight, McTier still cheered, still made straight As and, friends and family say, was still Madeline.

"She just never stopped.  She lived life to the fullest," said Michael McTier.  "I know it was 17 short years but she made the most of every day.  Very much of a blessing to have."

FOX 5's Doug Evan first met Madeline back in April 2012. He recalled her as a beautiful and energetic girl who could not believe her surprise diagnosis of brain cancer had rocketed across the internet, showering her with prayers and support from teenagers and especially cheerleaders from across the country.

"It makes me feel like I'm wanted," McTier said in that interview. "Before…I wasn't really popular, but now I am. I'm thankful for that."

Now the thousands of teenagers touched by Madeline's story must journey on with these words from her father: "I hope that they see in Madeline that she never quit. She never stopped. She never gave up. She never lost her faith."

Students at numerous schools honored Madeline by wearing pink and gray in her memory.

A candlelight vigil was held for Madeline after the game.

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