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Four-year-old girl with aggressive brain tumor passes away

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Posted at 7:24 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 20:26:15-04

WACO, TX — A four-year-old girl who captured the hearts of Central Texas has passed away after her battle with an aggressive brain tumor. Now her family is asking for help to purchase a tombstone for the little girl.

Krizteena Analiza Grinie battled a brain tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG).

Her mother Maria explained to Central Texas News Now in an interview in June, "It started off with weakness in her right side which worried us as parents, so we made an appointment for our daughter." After many tests found nothing conclusive, the family sought help from Cooks Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. After doctors called for an MRI, they diagnosed Krizteena with DIPG on June 15.

According to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, DIPG is an aggressive tumor that grows in the brain stem of children usually between the ages of 5 and 10. The survival rate is low because there is no cure for DIPG tumors.

Krizteena's family reached out to the community for help in order to take their 4 year old to as many amusement parks as possible to "see that smile on her face until we can't no more."

Thanks to the help of generous people across Central Texas, the family was able to enjoy many adventures. Now, the family is asking for help again in order to purchase a tombstone for Krizteena.

Krizteena passed away Tuesday afternoon.

If you would like to donate to Krizteena's family, click here.