Hannah Rye, the young girl who stole everyone’s hearts when she was escorted to her formal by Knights player Trent Hodkinson, has lost her battle with cancer.
Kurri Kurri High School broke the news to the community on Facebook.
“As you are aware we lost our beautiful Hannah last night. We will all be grieving and I ask for you all to be kind to one another and help support our students and community through this tough time. If anyone feels they need time out or someone to talk to please see a teacher and ask for help,” the post said.
The school has provided support to Hannah and her family since she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma when she was just 13-years-old.
Earlier this year Hannah and her NRL partner were guests of honour at a special Year 10 formal which was brought forward when news came that Hannah’s health was deteriorating.
At the time her school principal Tracey Breese, said the formal was the result of an overwhelming community and school effort and one that would create many beautiful memories for Hannah and her family.
“She was the star of the show and all her friends were cheering and so happy that she was able to go to the event. She certainly brought a smile to my face,” Hodkinson said of the formal.
“This has been so good for Hannah and her family and bringing awareness to Ewing’s Sarcoma. Hannah and her family are such brave and strong people.”