Thomas County community raises awareness after local girl dies from childhood cancer

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2019

THOMAS COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Thomas County community is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old middle school student. Zhyria Currie passed away on Saturday shortly after being diagnosed with childhood cancer.

On Tuesday, her family, friends, teachers and classmates honored her final wishes by wearing yellow in her honor.

"I remember her as a sweet friend," said Jayden Walden, a seventh grade student at Thomas County Middle School.

"Now, every time I see yellow, I think of her and her smile then I can't help but smile," said Iris Williams, Zhyria's sixth grade teacher.

Eight months ago, Zhyria was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer in young children. It was discovered after a pain in her knee. The cancer started in her leg, then spread to her lungs.

"She had such a loving spirit that everyone wanted to come together and support her memory and life," said Za'Miriya Sneed, Zhyria's sister.

The family says her final months were full of love and faith.

"That helped her with coming to accept that she was fighting for something greater," said Sneed.

Her sister and her aunt, Stacie Currie, are now helping honor Zhyria's final wishes.

"One of the things she told us that for today is that she didn't want everyone to be crying and sad because she was always happy," said Currie.

Zhyria is described as compassionate, with hopes of one day becoming a mental health counselor.

Her family says even during her fight, Zhyria lived to the fullest. Her love for church, fun pranks and trying new foods never changed.

Tuesday, family and friends met at Peaceful Rest Cemetery, where Zhyria was laid to rest.