‘Princess Riley’ dies after inspiring cancer battle

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MENTOR, Ohio — A teenager who inspired others with her courageous fight against cancer has died.

Mentor Public Schools superintendent Matt Miller sent a letter to parents saying Riley Pearson was surrounded by loved ones when she passed away Sunday evening.

Pearson, 17, had undergone treatments and surgeries for the last four years.

She began her senior year this fall but was too sick to continue.

Fox 8 News shared her story last month when students at Mentor High School sold purple T-shirts honoring “Princess Riley.”

The proceeds will be used to print copies of a book Pearson authored about her cancer fight.

“Her positive attitude, beautiful smile and compassionate spirit touched the lives of many. Riley was an incredibly strong and joyful young lady, who will be greatly missed,” said Miller in his letter.

An announcement will be made at school Monday to let students know of Pearson’s death.

Mentor Schools counselors, a school social worker, the Lake County Trauma Response Team and Hospice of the Western Reserve will offer grief counseling and/or bereavement peer support.

Parents may call 440-974-5300 to request assistance for their children.

Other information is available here.

“Please join me in keeping Riley’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Miller said.

The counseling resources were to be offered for “as long as needed” according to Miller’s letter.