Just one month after Hannah Rye took Australian rugby league star Trent Hodkinson to her high school formal, the 15-year-old has died from the cancer she’s had since she was first a teenager.
Students at Rye’s Kurri Kurri High School have been told their friend had passed away over the weekend, News Corp reports.
Sending love and condolences to her family and friends ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hqRqxDXaTi
— NRL (@NRL) August 21, 2017
The school had brought the formal forward from the end of the year so Rye could attend on July 20, and – as a massive Newcastle Knights fan – she was escorted by the team’s captain Trent Hodkinson.
They were side-by-side the whole night; they rode together to the venue; took photos together; and cut cake in front of the rest of the 2017 year 10 students.
Rye was 13 when she was diagnosed with a rare type of terminal bone cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Last week her mother told The Daily Telegraph the family had postponed a trip overseas because Hannah was too sick to travel.
On Monday night, Hannah’s sister Annaliese confirmed on social media that Hannah had passed, posting an image with the caption: “I will hold you in my heart until I can hold you in heaven”.
Tributes are flowing in on social media for the “always happy” teen.
— Nothing But Knights (@NothingButNK) August 21, 2017