Family-Placed Death Notice

STEWART, Laura LAURA JEANNE STEWART Laura Jeanne Stewart, 20, passed away October 25, 2012 at her home in Woodstock, GA after a five year battle with cancer. She is the daughter of Mr. Gene Stewart of Sandy Springs, GA and Mrs. Barbara Coombe of Woodstock, GA. Laura had a tremendously successful life and influenced thousands of people, fighting not only for her, but for hundreds of other children and families she met through her journey. She was voted homecoming queen and prom queen during her senior year at Etowah High School in Woodstock, GA. Laura was a star on her high school track team and also played basketball. She graduated in the top 1% of her senior class, while fighting this awful disease. She was most recently a student at Kennesaw State University, where she studied Human Services, with a goal to work in a non-profit organization to continue the fight. She also interned at the . Laura was one of the faces of the CURE Childhood Cancer Foundation of Atlanta, GA, participating in photo shoots, and featured in their annual report. She participated in fund raising events for the Aflac Cancer Center broadcast on WSB radio, reaching millions of listeners. She also appeared in television commercials across the country on behalf of AFLAC's Beads of Courage program. She was featured on local television stations and the CBS Sunday Morning show and gave inspirational speeches to many groups, including local Girl Scout troops and hundreds of AFLAC sales executives. Laura volunteered for the Make a Wish Foundation and was honored in October of 2012 with the William Blake Keller "Indomitable Spirit" Award. Established in honor of Wish Child, Blake Kuller, this award is intended to honor the individual who embodies the essence of an "indomitable" spirit and possesses these qualities...persistence, bravery, compassion, integrity, dedication and humor, as Blake did. As another way to fight back, Laura founded and chaired Kennesaw State's inaugural event, which rose over $33,000 in 2012, and was voted as the top new fundraising event in the United States by the . This event will continue forever in her honor, and will continue doing great things to help others beat this horrible disease. Throughout her illness, Laura never gave up and more importantly, never let her faith in the Lord waiver. She accomplished so much good in this world in such a short time. In addition to her parents, Barbara Coombe and Gene Stewart, she is survived by her brothers Clint Stewart; Garrett Stewart; sister Sonya Stewart; stepfather Kevin Coombe; stepmother Lisa Stewart; grandmothers Nancy Holub of Roswell, GA; Elsie McCarthy of Clinton, TN; aunts and uncles Linda and Skip Allen of Lawrenceville, GA; Rick and Karen Stone of Savannah, GA; Kathy Melton and family of Clinton, TN; Linda Burnette and Jack Walker of Lenoir City, TN; cousins Robbie Allen and wife Katie Tart Allen of Sandy Springs, GA; and Kevin Allen of Atlanta, GA. There are numerous other cousins and family members, as well as hundreds of friends who loved her and will miss her. A private family service is being held. In lieu of flowers, Laura asked that donations be made to the 2013 KSU so the fight can continue. Donations can be sent to The , 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Ste. 280, Kennesaw, GA 30144; Attn: Laura Jeanne Stewart. ( site/TR?px=13794813&fr_id=48699&pg=personal

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 4, 2012