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Upstate high school student battling cancer passes away

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Bella Muntean (Screen shot; source: Greenville County Schools 'Warrior' video). Bella Muntean (Screen shot; source: Greenville County Schools 'Warrior' video).
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Church officials confirm an Upstate high school student battling cancer has passed away.

Officials with the Covenant United Methodist Church say Bella Muntean, a freshman at Riverside High School, passed away Friday night. She had been battling with cancer for two years, and at the beginning of March she was moved to hospice treatment.

In an update on CaringBridge, Bella's family said she began complaining of head pain on Apr. 5 and multiple medications failed to alleviate the pain. When they brought Bella to the hospital, they said she was lethargic but responsive.

Doctors later began using a breathing apparatus for Bella as her breathing rate dropped. Family said a scan of her brain revealed bleeding at the base of her brain.

Bella passed within hours of her family receiving the news. They said she did not suffer and they thanked her medical team for their dedication.

"We knot it was a miracle she lasted this long but it was because of love from everyone and faith," her mother wrote on CaringBridge.

Details on Bella's service have not yet been released.

Here is the full statement from the church:

"Covenant family, it is with heavy hearts that we tell you our sweet Bella went home to be with the Lord. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers! Her story and life will continue to live in the hearts that her beautiful spirit has touched. May we all strive to live our lives as Christlike as she did! Details about her service will be given at a later time."

A spokesperson for Greenville County Schools said grief counselors were at Riverside High School on Monday for students and staff.

A celebration of Bella's life was held at Covenant on April 14. 

A GoFundMe has been created for Bella's charity. Her mother wants to continue the charity in her memory.

You can donate to that fundraiser HERE.

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