SHE touched the lives of thousands who were drawn to her smile and zest for life.
But now the family of 10-year-old Chloe Challoner have been left devastated after she lost her fight against cancer.
Her death on Friday at her home in Rooksbury Croft, Havant, came weeks before she was due to fly to America.
There, she was to have an operation which parents Jamie Giblen and Beccie Challoner hoped would help her fight the rare cancer osteosarcoma.
The trip was to be paid for by £10,000 raised by supporters, including readers of The News.
Cash poured in from a gala night at Southsea’s Kings Theatre organised by former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw, who was starring in panto there.
Now the money will be put to good use by Chloe’s family, who plan to divide it between charities that helped their daughter.
And they plan to launch a trust in the future to help families with children suffering from rare conditions to help pay for treatment overseas.
Chloe’s nine-year-old brother Connor, three-year-old sister Holly and grandparents Derek and Frankie Challoner will help decide where the money goes.
‘We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts,’ said Mr Giblen.
‘We haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with our other two children and want to spend as much time as possible with them before launching the trust.
‘The trust will have Chloe’s name on it.’
Paying tribute to his daughter, Mr Giblen said: ‘She took every moment in her stride and she fought no matter what was thrown at her.’
Chloe, a pupil at Front Lawn Junior School, had surgery to remove a large tumour from her right femur in 2010 and recovered after nine months of chemotherapy before the cancer returned in her lungs.
It was this development that inspired her parents to set up an appeal to pay for ground-breaking treatment in America.
Mr Giblen thanked Eileen and Ron Paxman, of the Isle of Wight, who donated £5,000 despite battling cancer themselves.
Chloe’s funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on Tuesday at 3.30pm.
The family have asked mourners to wear pink – Chloe’s favourite colour.
Schoolgirl and actress formed a close bond through show
ACTRESS Tracy Shaw formed a close bond with Chloe Challoner while she was performing in Cinderella at Southsea’s Kings Theatre.
The former Coronation Street star was so touched by Chloe’s plight that she decided to organise a fundraising gala to send the ten-year-old to America for breakthrough treatment.
The night, which featured a performance from Tracy herself and pop stars Same Difference, helped the family reach the magic £10,000 total.
Miss Shaw said: ‘Although the relationship was fairly short and sweet it became a very strong bond and I just lit up when I met her.
‘I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to meet her and pleased to have known her. She was a special little girl.’ Sandra Smith, of the Kings Theatre, added: ‘We’re obviously devastated. Everyone is upset. We all feel desperately sorry for the family and we hope they can be strong.’