Rachel Sandell of Duluth, Minn. died Oct. 16 after losing a year and a half battle to a rare form of liver cancer, Northland's NewsCenter reports.
A funeral was not scheduled, but a celebration of Rachel's life took place on Oct. 29 where family and friends gathered to share stories and memories about her, according to the Northland's NewsCenter.
"She didn't want a funeral, she didn't want anything sappy and I think the main thing was just to have a big celebration together, celebrate all of her achievements and everything she's done," Anna Adatte said, a best friend of Rachel's.
Rachel's parents, Katie and Dick Sandell, told Fox21 News that they learned more from their daughter than they've learned from anyone in their entire lives. "She didn't feel sad or depressed about her situation she just knew that, I still have a life to live," Dick said.
Her positive outlook not only touched her parent's lives, but the lives of her younger sisters, Ruby and Charlotte, as well, Fox21 News reports. " ... It just amazed me sometimes just how positive and happy she was, how normal she lived her life even though she had cancer," Charlotte said.
At the celebration, the dance team Rachel was a part of at East High School performed a dance in honor of their friend, according to Northland's NewsCenter.
The night was filled with laughing and crying where friends reminisced about Rachel.
Anna Little, a friend of Rachel's, said, "We just want to make sure that tonight her spirit and her personality got across to everyone and everyone could remember all the fun things and all the good times with her."