18-year-old Courtney Wagner died Monday night after a public battle with brain cancer. But, many are remembering not how she died, but how she lived.
“She shows us all how to live life,” said Gary Mervis. Mervis is Founder and Chairman of Camp Good Days. “She exemplified courage, class and she always was concerned about others. Despite a lousy hand she showed us how to live,” Mervis added.
It’s not her battle with brain cancer for four years or the painful reality of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that defined her life.
It’s moments like when Wagner scored the first basket in her senior night game or her time at Camp Good Days where she was able to just be a kid, that captivated a community.
Wagner was a 2015 Canandaigua Academy graduate and a lover of soccer and basketball. She even suited up with the Rochester Razorsharks last February.”She didn’t want to be known as Courtney with cancer and I don’t think anybody in our school community felt that way about her,” said Canandaigua School Superintendent, Lynne Erdle.
Wagner also appeared as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Tuesday afternoon, Ellen tweeted “Courtney Wagner lost her battle with cancer, but won so many others along the way. We’ll never forget her spirit.” “It’s important to for all of us to remember who Courtney was, what she represented and to honor her, her spirit, her grace, and her determination,” Erdle said.
Tuesday, several businesses along Main Street in Canandaigua displayed purple balloons and ribbons. Purple was Wagner’s favorite color.
Wagner’s funeral arrangements haven’t been made public.