MENTOR - On Sunday, family and friends gathered to remember a young life cut tragically short during the third annual "Bowling for Heroes," event in Mentor.
"His smile was contagious," said Heather Goss.
Heather is trying to smile through the pain of immeasurable sadness since the death of her son Jacob, 9, after a long fight with brain cancer.
"He just lit up the room," said Goss. "He never asked why and he never got down. He inspired so many people."
More than $8,000 was collected through the organization "The Littlest Heroes," to help pay for medical bills during the event at Freeway Lanes of Mentor.
Fighting back tears, Jacob's mom says he was her superhero.
"It's not fair. It's not fair at all. I want to take his place. He doesn't deserve that...it's very hard."
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