A “funny, loving and determined” little girl has tragically died after battling an incurable brain tumour.
Lyrah Brewer, from Faversham, was just seven when her family was dealt a devastating blow by doctors and told she had DIPG - a rare brain cancer no child survives.
Following her diagnosis in 2019, the Ospringe primary school pupil spent most of her time at the Royal Marsden Hospital, and underwent radiotherapy in the hope of extending her life expectancy.
But she sadly died on January 18, aged just nine years old.
Her grandma, Lorna, has paid a touching tribute to her granddaughter on behalf of the family.
“Lyrah was a very family-orientated, funny, loving and determined child,” she said.
“Her favourite hobbies were drawing, especially rainbows and love hearts, letter writing and making cards and notes for everyone.
“Her favourites were her cats - she loved them so much.
“Throughout her journey, Lyrah received so much love and support from so many people, such as her doctors, all her nurses, her school, family and friends - who we can’t thank enough for everything they have done.”
Many people rallied to help raise cash so Lyrah could have the best possible experiences for the remainder of her young life.
Her family and neighbours helped make her last Christmas as special as possible by creating a magical winter wonderland.
The idea was thought up by Vivien Turan, who lives next door to Lyrah in Lewis Close.
Family friend Rocky Troiani launched a fundraising effort so Lyrah could buy herself treats.
A previous crowdfunding page, which closed this year, raised almost £3,300 for the family to cover additional expenses and pay for a garden playhouse and experiences.
The support was particularly welcomed as Lyrah’s mum, Victoria, suffered a stroke last year.
She had been raising awareness of the devastating child cancer and had praised her daughter for her “unwavering courage”, saying: “Lyrah is an extraordinary seven-year-old, who for such a young child has had such a big impact on the lives of everyone she has met.”
Lorna hopes Lyrah’s participation in drug trials will help others in the future.
“Due to her bravery and willingness to help others, she will now be a pioneer to all,” she said.
“Due to drug trials she was a part of and how well she did, other children with Lyrah’s condition may now have a longer, better quality of life.”