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Reporter Liz Crawford Reflects On Covering The Story Of A Dying Teenager

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Clemmons, NC -- There were two vigils held Thursday night to celebrate the life of Ryan Wood. News 2 Liz Crawford reflects on covering this emotional story.

A week ago, 16-year-old Ryan Wood thought he beat cancer.

That's before his doctor told him the lymphoma was back and he had just weeks to live.

"Weeks" turned out to be seven days.

Just before midnight on Thursday, surrounded by his family, Ryan died.

His friends were there every step of the way. Right after Ryan's terminal diagnosis, his friends were the ones who started the #PrayForRyan hashtag on twitter.

Read here: Students At W. Forsyth Rally Behind Sick Friend #PrayForRyan

It even caught the attention of Triad native and NBA superstar Chris Paul.

Read here: #PrayForRyan: Twitter Spreads The Word, Chris Paul Grants Wish

On Thursday night, there were two vigils that celebrated Ryan's life.

Coaches, friends, and Ryan's aunt spoke at one of the vigils.

Robin Bralley talked about her nephew. She said they didn't get the miracle they prayed for but seeing everyone at the vigil was another kind of miracle.

There was slideshows and bible readings, tears, and laughter.

Brett Saunders, Ryan's friend said, "I've never gone through this before. I don't know what's happening." Then he held his heart and said, "I can feel Ryan here though."

Memorial services are planned for Saturday at River Oaks Community Church in Clemmons. Visitation will begin at 11 AM, with funeral service to start at 2 PM. Burial will follow at West Lawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.

News 2's Liz Crawford first told Ryan's story on Friday night. She even got to meet and talk to Ryan.

Click on the video to hear some of her personal reflections.

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