Lindsey M. Salsberry, 21, a Wellsville, Ohio, resident, died of cancer at her home Tuesday.
She had been featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story in November about efforts at Children's Hospital to develop a specialized cancer treatment program for adolescents and young adults.
At the time, she had endured grueling rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery for a rare, deadly form of cancer that had spread from her right leg to her lungs.
The cancer later spread to her brain and spine and, most recently, to other areas, said her father, Rick.
Still, she remained courageous and was an "inspiration to everyone," he said. "She still had that smile on her face to the very end."
Dr. Yatin M. Vyas, her oncologist at Children's, praised her courage and spirit.
"She wanted to live every day, every hour she had," he said.
A lifelong Wellsville resident, Ms. Salsberry was a member of the track team, Pep Club and National Honor Society at Wellsville High School, where she was salutatorian of her 2004 graduating class. She attended West Virginia University.
She was a member of Covenant United Presbyterian Church in Wellsville.
Besides her father, survivors include her mother, Linda Linger Salsberry, and a sister, Brittany, all of Wellsville; a brother, Ricky, of Kent, Ohio; grandfather Jack Linger of Denton, Texas; and grandmother Joyce E. Salsberry of Wellsville.
Friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Dawson Funeral Home, 215 W. Fifth St., East Liverpool, Ohio. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by burial at Spring Hill Cemetery, Wellsville. Family and friends will gather afterward at Covenant United Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dollars for Scholars, Box 458, East Liverpool, OH 43920.
Joe Fahy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1722.