Aubreigh Nicholas dies at the age of 11

Aubreigh's Army shows support at Mary G. Montgomery during 2017 Homecoming Parade (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter)

An 11-year-old Semmes girl is still fighting for her life.

Aubreigh Nicholas has been fighting a rare type of brain tumor that was diagnosed almost a year ago.

Her parents have posted a Facebook update on a new challenge she's facing.

The post has already gotten more than eleven hundred comments since it was posted Thursday afternoon.

The post by Aubreigh's parents on the "Aubreigh's Army" Facebook page says Aubreigh is "extremely critical."

Teresa Bonner, a family friend, says, "She has an upper respiratory infection and, as with any cancer patient, anybody fighting cancer, upper respiratory infection is a difficult infection to surmount. "

The post says some of Aubreigh's levels are high and some are leveling but, "We are not in the clear and don't know if we will be."

Still, Aubreigh's parents say she is resting and doctors are trying everything possible.

Bonner says Aubreigh's battle has brought attention to the aggressive cancer called DIPG and her courageous efforts to fight it.

Bonner remembers Aubreigh starting the "Lemon Face Challenge" on her birthday.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Mobile City Council members ate a wedge of lemon, posted it online, and challenged friends to do the same.

The challenge went international.

Bonner said, " 'Good Morning Great Britain' did a segment on it and did the lemon face challenge: the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nick Saban."

She believes Aubreigh has not only brought attention to the cancer, but inspired a movement toward better health awareness, and bringing families together

Bonner says, "We're still praying for a miracle. God hasn't delivered our miracle yet, but He has certainly delivered a miracle to our community in the way that people have responded."

Auberigh's Army is planning a fund raising and awareness event in Mobile to fight DIPG.

It's called the DIPG Warrior Walk and will take place in November.

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