A Vineland lady whose story about her medical situation spurred a e-book assortment drive earlier than the vacations final yr has died.

In response to a GoFundMe web page “Love for Lena,” Evangelina “Lena” Tietjen, a 5-year-old identified with an inoperable mind tumor, Grade three Anaplastic Astrocytoma, died Nov. 5. Her dying comes practically a yr after her tumor was found.

“We now have numerous recollections of Lena over the previous 5 years and 10 months,” the Love for Lena web page stated in an announcement. “We miss and keep in mind our sassy, humorous, carefree preschooler pre-diagnosis, however Lena additionally turned, over the previous yr, the strongest GBM warrior we may ever think about.”

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The GoFundMe web page additionally stated Tietjen underwent eight surgical procedures, radiation and different strategies of rehabilitation to assist the younger lady.

In a 2017 interview with ABC Information, Lena’s father Matt Tietjen stated his daughter liked to learn.

“She likes to be learn to,” Tietjen instructed ABC Information. “She was at all times the one who would seize a e-book and take it to the nook to try to learn it herself.”

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Her story went viral. Books had been despatched to Lena from throughout the county, together with from some college students in Deerfield Township.

Individuals who adopted her story and the donation web page had been unhappy to listen to the information.

“I’m so sorry on your loss,” a commenter on the GoFundMe web page posted. “Though I didn’t know Lena personally, she captured my coronary heart and my soul. I like the braveness and optimistic perspective you confirmed throughout this overwhelmingly tough time. My ideas and prayers stay with you now and eternally. Lena, you’re the most lovely of all angels….fly infant…”

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Funeral preparations for Lena haven’t but been launched.

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