By Jen Kastner
MIDLAND- Miranda Molinar from Midland was fighting a tumor that was growing inside of her brainstem.
Tragically, this little girl's fight has come to an end. She is finally resting in peace after almost a year-long struggle with an inoperable and rare tumor growing in her brain. She passed away on Wednesday in her home.
Her death breaks the natural order of things.
Her second cousin Julio Reyna says, "I don't even know how to explain it. It's a child. Not many people can say they've lost a child."
NewsWest 9 first met Miranda back in November. Her face was so swollen from the steroids, she was hard to recognize. However, the illness didn't phase her. Instead, she wanted to talk about her favorite subject in school, math.
She sent us back to the television station with a picture she drew, which still hangs in the newsroom today.
Her family was struggling to get by on a tight budget with outrageous medical bills.
On Christmas day, all donations from the "Pay It Forward" scavenger hunt in Midland were handed over to the family. It was the perfect Christmas gift.
Her family says, right now, she's probably wearing her tiara.
"I believe she's dressed as a princess enjoying her time in heaven with the family members we'll meet one day," Reyna said.