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Sunday Memorial Service for 'Sweet Bea'

East Cobb girl Beatrice Tolley, 6, died on Christmas of a rare form of brain cancer.

An East Cobb girl who sparked a fundraising drive for brain cancer treatment earlier this year has died.

Beatrice Tolley, known as "Sweet Bea" to family and friends, died Christmas evening from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare, aggressive and mostly terminal form of cancer.

She was six years old.

Her mother posted the following message Wednesday on a website devoted to efforts to raise money for expenses:

"Sweet Bea made it to Christmas Day, her favorite day of the year.

"She died in the early evening last night. She was at home and I believe she was gone before the paramedics arrived, which was lightning quick. It came on so suddenly and happened so fast.

"Taking care of her for the past 12 months was so incredibly easy. I am so happy for the joyous months I had with her and was able to share with so many of you."

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, in East Cobb.

In February's East Cobb's Red Sky and Tapas Bar held a fundraiser for the Sweet Bea Fund.

Her mother posted in late November that the girl was returning home from hospitalization to begin hospice care.

A reception will follow Sunday's memorial service. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the following:

Rick Wagner December 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM
My heart goes out to the family of Sweet Bea. If only I knew about this sooner I would have suggested that they look up a man by the name of Rick Simpson. He has a U-Tube video about the CURE for cancer called 'Run From the Cure'. I highly suggest to everyone who is reading this to look it up for themselves and remember to keep an open mind to other alternatives to health care and cancer treatments. This method worked for a friend of mine with terminal cancer. I'm just passing this info along to help others and to let them know that there is a natural CURE. He even shows you how to make it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGjC4HReFL0
Geoff Tolley December 29, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Bea turned seven in September.

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