Aug. 19, 1996 – Feb. 19, 2017
Erin Christine McAneney, of West Seneca, who campaigned for greater awareness and research for childhood cancers, died Sunday while participating in a trial treatment for a rare form of bone cancer at the Mary Crowley Cancer Institute in Dallas, Texas. She was 20.
Ms. McAneney, diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2013, had been paralyzed from the chest down since undergoing surgery to remove a tumor on her spine.
Despite her paralysis, she was determined to walk again and touched hearts by sharing her hopes and experiences on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. An interview with her was aired on WGRZ-TV, Channel 2 last week.
She was active in the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, which assists teen girls with cancer. The foundation will give special tribute to Ms. McAneney at its fifth annual mother-daughter luncheon March 12 in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew.
Prior to her diagnosis, Ms. McAneney was about to begin her senior year at West Seneca West High School and was an award-winning long-distance runner.
She enjoyed dancing and loved dogs.
Survivors include her parents, John and Suellen; a sister, Sarah; and a grandmother, Virginia Zemla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.