MCFARLAND (WKOW) -- The young woman whose fight with cancer became a social media movement has died.
Aly Wolff, of #BiebsMeetAly, passed away Monday night at home with her family after a year-long battle with a rare form of cancer. Aly's father told 27 News his daughter was very courageous and strong as she faced a painful, deadly disease.
We first introduced Aly back in December, when two of her friends started #BiebsMeetAly, a Facebook and Twitter campaign that helped the 20-year-old college student from McFarland meet her favorite performer-- Justin Bieber. The campaign quickly went viral. The Facebook page now has more than 15-thousand likes and continues to grow.
Aly was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last May, when she was just 19. Her doctor at the UW Carbone Cancer Center says this rare and complicated disease is becoming more common among young people.
"Neuroendocrine tumors are very rare cancers that happen in young people and we have very poor treatments, which is why we're always looking to find better ways to treat them," says Dr. Bill Schelman. "Because they're so slow-growing, they often don't cause problems in patients for a number of years, so we look at slowing down the cancers."
Dr. Schelman says Aly likely had the cancer for some time before symptoms showed up. It was less than a year that she fought the cancer before losing the battle.
Aly's father says visitation is set for Friday from 3:30 to 8 pm, and a service Saturday morning at 11 at the McFarland Lutheran Church.
As for Aly's mission, 27 News is a proud sponsor of "Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle for a Cure". It's on Saturday, May 18th, at the McFarland High School Track.
Click here for more information or to get involved.
Tuesday night at UW-Oshkosh, where Aly went to school for nearly a year, friends are holding a vigil for Aly at her former sorority house.
MCFARLAND (WKOW) -- The young college student from McFarland who became a social media sensation in her battle against cancer has passed away.
Aly Wolff died in her home in McFarland Monday night. Her father tells 27 News she told them in the morning she wanted to go home and within an hour of getting there, she passed. Aly had Neuroendocrine cancer, which is a rare form.
The UW-Oshkosh student became known around the country after her friends started a campaign called #BiebsMeetAly so she could meet Justin Bieber. In December, Aly's dream came true at his concert in Chicago.
One of the last things Aly did was organize a 5K run to raise money in the fight against cancer. Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle is set for May 18 at McFarland High School. Aly's father, Russell Wolff, says it was Aly's goal to make the run a success and the family plans to make that happen for her.
To sign up for Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle or to donate, click here.
Our thoughts are with Aly's family and friends.