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Remembering Zoe Inciong

The inspirational local teen who united the community for various blood drives and awareness events succumbed to cancer early Thursday morning.

Despite her incredible strength, 16-year-old succumbed early Thursday morning to a rare bone cancer she grappled with over the last year.

According to the James Logan Courier, Zoe’s mother, Maria Inciong, said in a message distributed to Zoe’s supporters Thursday that, "In the most graceful and peaceful fashion, Zoe took her last breath at 12:05 a.m. this morning with Randy and me in the room with her."

“How fitting and timely that her last day on earth was 4th of July,” Maria’s announcement continued. “She had her own way of celebrating Independence Day as she told us the entire day that she wanted no more medicine. Zoe was, to her very last breath, the picture of grace and strength.

Zoe was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, last September.

"I thought I was gonna cry, but I didn't," at a blood drive held in her honor last November. "I kind of went to this state where I just accepted it. I just thought, 'Okay, this is what I have to deal with, let’s just get through it.'"

The popular Logan athlete who played on the girl’s water polo team quickly rallied the community for support with blood drives, awareness events and fundraisers held in her honor.

Her inspirational story touched the lives of many far and wide, including several online celebrities.

Singer AJ Rafael had recently dedicated a song to Zoe at a June 30 concert and, along with singer Tori Kelly, gave Zoe a surprise visit on her 16th birthday this past Sunday. On Thursday, Rafael honored the Union City teen with messages posted on social media websites.

“Rest in paradise Zoe. I'm so glad to have seen you at your happiest. We love you so much,” Rafael wrote on Twitter.

In the message announcing Zoe’s passing, her mother wrote that, “Through her, we saw a glimpse of heaven as she smiled to let us know that my dad and my brother were there to pick her up.”

In her message distributed Thursday, Maria thanked the many people who supported her daughter and her fight against cancer.

"We thank you for all your support and for being with us through this journey,” Maria wrote. “We will keep you posted on details about her services. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in her honor to your charity of choice. Or you may donate to her fund as we plan, per her request, to put it towards a charity or scholarship to keep her spirit alive."

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Johnny C. July 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Rest In Peace Dear Zoe ! My Condolences to the Inciong Family & Friends !
Maila July 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
May you rest in peace Zoe. I didn't know you personally but I still remember you in same class with my son at Pioneer Elem.
Eugene Zita July 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hi Zoe... I see you in all your beautiful angelic glory! Thank you for the time you spent with us here on the earth plane and reminding us of true strength, courage, love, life, happiness and teaching us wisdom! WE LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH!
Ryan Macasero July 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Zoe touched the lives of many. She was a big inspiration to everyone around her. and I am honored to have had the opportunity to have met her and was able to write about her and her wonderful family. My prayers are with the Rabuy and Inciong family.
Heidi Oatis July 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
God bless you Zoe! You always forever be in everyone's heart. Thank you for touching my life.
Joe Rey Valle July 07, 2012 at 02:42 AM
It is not the time we spend here, it's the way we live. Although we will miss you, Zoe, your friendship and amazing spirit will continue to inspire us. Thank you for blessings us.
Cecille DL July 08, 2012 at 03:25 AM
You're in a much beautiful and peaceful place now, Zoe... I do thank you for your big inspiration and for the courage you have shown...
Booboo July 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Rest in peace Zoe we love you very very much. One day I will take you to Paris! Love you lots! RIP Zoe

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