LAKE WALES, Fla. - McKinzie Clayton, a 7-year-old Polk County girl battling cancer, passed away early Tuesday morning, according to a close family friend.
McKinzie was diagnosed with the same cancer as ABC's Robin Roberts earlier this year.
ABC Action News anchor Linda Hurtado featured a story about McKinzie in January when she was looking for bone marrow donors. ( Click here to see Linda's story )
But right after our story aired, the family learned McKinzie had a second cancer-- leukemia
While undergoing chemotherapy, she also developed a fungus infection that resulted from a scratch on her forehead.
Friends and the community rallied around the family and held fundraisers to help the family with expenses. Her progress was updated frequently on her Facebook page.
Doctors did all they could to save her and when the could do no more, they sent her home to be with family.
Yesterday, it was clear the end was near as this statement was posted on her Facebook page:
God has a plan for everything. And we have to have faith in knowing whatever He plans is for a reason. Knowing this, we would like to ask for your prayers for McKinze and for her family. She is home now and she is comfortable. But she will be leaving this world for Heaven soon and we ask for prayers for her family's peace of mind in knowing this is part of His plan. We also ask for quiet time for her family. Your prayers are appreciated but we also appreciate a time-out from any contact with her family during this special and limited time with McKinze. Details will emerge as they need to be made. The support of the community can never be compared to anything. Thank you is not enough but we hope it will be sufficient for now. God bless each of you
In the end, McKinzie, lost her life to the leukemia, said close family friends.
McKinzie's funeral information has not released.