Vicksburg teen inspires others, even after losing battle with ca - - Jackson, MS

Vicksburg teen inspires others, even after losing battle with cancer

Afton Wallace (Source: WLBT) Afton Wallace (Source: WLBT)
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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Hundreds poured into the Vicksburg City Auditorium Saturday to remember the life of 18-year-old Afton Wallace, who lost her battle with cancer last week.

Many say the girl who always had a smile on her face will leave a lasting impression on their lives.

"I am one of only two people who was privileged to be there for her first breath and her last breath, and I consider it a tribute to pay honor to someone I love with my whole heart," said Sheri Wallace, Afton's mother. 

Wallace eulogized 18-year-old Afton in front of a large crowd in Vicksburg.

Afton lost her battle with cancer last Sunday, three days after she graduated.

Doctors never expected her to even live that long.

"She shouldn't be walking. She's missing a pelvic bone and half of her left leg is paralyzed. In fact, she shouldn't even be alive," Sheri Wallace said.

Through song and music, family members reflected on Afton's life.

One of the things mentioned during the service was the teenager's knack for smiling through everything.

"We used to make fun of her all the time because she would take selfies and it would say 'Worst day ever' on every single one of those," Sheri Wallace said, imitating Afton's smile.

However, one of Afton's worst days hit hours before her high school graduation, with both parents wondering if she'd make it.

She did more than that, even walking to receive her diploma.

"I attribute that miracle to many of you here, and throughout Vicksburg and all of the people who have taken an interest in Afton and who have offered your faith and prayers on her behalf," said Robert Wallace, Afton's father. "We will never be able to thank you enough."

He also acknowledged that many of Afton's senior class came to pay their respects.

"I am grateful she has had some impact on you," Robert Wallace said. "I'm more grateful that she is now at peace, now at rest and is no longer suffering."

Her parents say they hope to set up a scholarship to BYU in Afton's memory because she intended to go there.

Afton will be buried in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 8.

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