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November 27, 2014

Dickinson girl, 5, succumbs to cancer

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Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 12:25 am

DICKINSON — Claire Lankford, the young Dickinson girl who drew hundreds to her neighborhood in February to make her feel like a princess, died Saturday. She was 5.

Claire was diagnosed in 2012 with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that forms in soft tissue. A first regimen of chemotherapy seemed to send the cancer into remission. But the cancer returned in January.

Doctors gave her a few months to live, and Lankford’s parents wanted to make sure their daughter had her special day.

On Feb. 19, hundreds surrounded the Lankfords’ home on Smokey Lake Lane. Dressed in a princess costume, Claire rode in a horse-drawn carriage with her family as throngs held up supportive signs and encouraged the little girl on Princess Claire Day. 

Funeral arrangements are pending.

From KHOU and Staff Reports