It was 2008 and Hope Ybarra's story of pain and courage captured the hearts of the Fort Worth, Texas, community. The young mother-of-three, then only 33, had been battling brain, bone and lung cancer for eight long years, documenting her journey online to friends, family and the world.
But now she was dying, a brave and inspiring woman who simply wanted to find peace in death.
"She's a very strong woman, and she wants truly to live, but unfortunately the cancer seems to be stronger than she is," Father Ken Robinson from a local church told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at the time.
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Ybarra had even planned her own funeral, with her preferred flowers, and doves to be released at the memorial. The casket was picked out, too: pinkish stainless steel with white velvet lining.
Her three daughters believed they were about to lose their mother, and her husband Fabian, believed he was soon to become a widow. Facing eviction, the family's sad story saw their loved ones and strangers raise $100,000 to help them in their time of need.