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Greenville teen loses battle with brain tumor

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Katy James is honored at her Greenville church. (July 30, 2012/FOX Carolina) Katy James is honored at her Greenville church. (July 30, 2012/FOX Carolina)

An Upstate teenage girl whose personal struggle touched the hearts of thousands has passed away.

Judith Katherine "Katy" James, 17, lost her battle with an inoperable brain tumor Friday. James was diagnosed Pontine Glioma in June of 2011.

She was a gifted musician and an active member of the Carolina Youth Symphony as well as the Christ Church Episcopal School Orchestra and Band, where she played the violin and flute respectively, attaining region status in each.

FOX Carolina's Greg Funderburg spent some times with James in July, when she was crowned queen for the day at her Greenville church.

James was treated to a day of royal attention when she was named "Queen of Bible School 2012" at Salem United Methodist Church, not long after receiving news that she only had about six weeks to live.

SLIDESHOW: Teen battling brain tumor crowned queen for day

Despite her diagnosis, Katy got the royal treatment with a crown, sash, roses and special messages from several title holders in South Carolina including Miss Fountain Inn and Miss Lyman.

James was an honor student at Christ Church and was entering her senior year as an IB Candidate and had already been accepted to Tulane University, where she hoped to study biology starting next fall.

Her funeral will be at St. Peters Episcopal Church at 910 Hudson Road in Greenville on Monday at 4:30 p.m. with an informal reception for all afterwards.

Memorial Services will be held at Salem United Methodist Church at 2700 White Horse Road in Greenville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. with the dedication of the Katy James Family Life Center to follow.

There will also be a memorial service at Christ Church Episcopal School at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a reception for all to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Ellis Mayfield Foundation, which offers financial support for children and the families of children suffering from pediatric brain tumors who reside in the Upstate.

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