A 12-year-old Dallas girl who used her rare cancer diagnosis to help others died Friday, her family says.
Isabelle “Izzy” Martin was more than your average 12-year-old middle school girl. She was a force in fundraising for the rare cancer she fought so hard against for more than two years: osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.
Izzy died Friday morning surrounded by her family at home.
“Our warrior went home to Jesus. Her earthly burdens lifted, her job here on Earth was well done and we know God has welcomed her home in His loving arms,” Izzy’s mother, Christine Martin, wrote in an Instagram post.
Izzy made headlines in December of 2021 when she was named “Person of the Year” by People Newspapers, beating out Mark Cuban. Cuban responded to the loss by donating $25,000 to her foundation, Team Izzy’s Osteosarcoma Science Fund at the Osteosarcoma Institute.
In the months afterward, Izzy went on to raise more money. To date, that figure stands at $298,371, with Izzy’s grandparents matching gifts this month up to $25,000.
Izzy’s mother, Christine, once said, “Izzy’s wish is one day, no child will have to go through what she did.” When asked by The Dallas Morning News about her daughter’s cancer diagnosis, she said, “It’s our superpower as a family,” who shared a commitment to giving.