Hundreds turn out to say goodbye to Ellie

Hundreds turn out to say goodbye to Ellie

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on June 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 28 at 8:30 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A community said farewell this weekend to a brave little girl who lost her two-year battle with cancer.
 
Ellie Potvin passed away this week. She was just 8.
 
Her struggle, chronicled online, was followed by many.
 
Hundreds showed up at Calvary Church for her funeral.  Most wearing pink or pastel colors.
 
Ellie inspired so many by refusing to give up or give in to the cancer that spread through her body. A memory that will linger far beyond her days on earth.
 
"Throughout all these memories one thing is constant... Ellie's contagious spirit," said one speaker, reflecting on Ellie's life.
 
She was remembered for her faith, bravery and her ever present uplifting smile.
 
"While we grieve today that Ellie is absent from her body, we are comforted that she is in the arms of the Lord," said Tim Potvin, Ellie’s father.
 
Amy Potvin remembered her daughter saying, "Ellie was Ellie, and she had a message to us all: Believe through all odds in miracles and have faith and never give up hope ever."
 
A reminder that it's not the amount of time in one's life, but how one spends that time.

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