Cancer patient inspires many

By Katherine Tellez

December 31, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Cora Peters, 18, is your typical teenage girl. She likes boys, shopping and loves to dance.

Cora also has a rare form of cancer.

"Cora is a nice little stubborn girl. You'll never meet someone as stubborn as she is. But she has the best attitude. She never asked 'why me,'" said Shannon Reuter, one of Cora's best friends.

"You won't find anyone that's tougher than she is," said Lacey DeVenney, another of Cora's best friends.

A candlelight vigil was held in Cora's honor Tuesday night.

"It was earlier in December that I heard about Cora's story. And there's just something special about it that reached out to me," said Tim Brown who organized the vigil.

Dozens of people filled the parking lot across from Cora's room and stood together in the shape of a cross.

However, Cora didn't get to see that cross from her room.

She lost her battle with cancer Monday. The group decided to hold the vigil anyway.

"This is something we really, really thought about," Brown said. "There were some people who weren't sure if it was appropriate to do it. We sat down, we thought about it, we prayed about it. We really felt like God was leading us to continue with the event."

"I know she wouldn't want us to sit here and cry like this, but it's just amazing to see her story and know she's okay now," said DeVenney.

They know Cora is watching down from above.

"Oh she'll see it. She's still here with all of us, all the time," said long-time friend, Shannon Reuter.

Cora continues to inspire people even after her death.

"I hope this gives them (other children with cancer) hope. This isn't the end of the road," said Brown.

Even if Cora isn't here to ring in the New Year with her best friends, they will never forget all of the memories and she will forever live in their hearts.