Byers, a Corvallis girl featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," died Friday, at a hospital in Portland of complications of pneumonia, her family's pastor, Russ Stiverson, told The Oregonian.
Boey, who had rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, made headlines last summer when the TV show "Extreme Makeover" built her family a new home in Corvallis.
Boey lobbied Congress to pass a Conquer Childhood Cancer Act to increase funding for cancer research and Oregon lawmakers are working on a similar bill now, Stiverson said, calling Byers "wise beyond her years."
"Her spirit just caught fire, it was just very contagious," Stiverson said.
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