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Local charity founder passes away, leaves great legacy

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. -- Jamie Van Orden, a woman battling cancer, spoke with us in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

She started a fund called the Jaime Effect to help other people battling sickness. Tuesday evening, Jaime passed away. A fighter and very religious person, her story made it across the world and now her family says her story will live on.

She went into the hospital Monday for a procedure to drain fluid from her abdomen and lungs, the surgery was a success but she never came around.

Jaime passed away around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, night leaving a 4-year-old son, her husband, friends and family.

She always had a smile on her face, never gave up once, said close friend and co-founder of Jaime Effect, Kristy Weight. She just went down fighting.

Her loved ones said her legacy does not end here and she will continue to inspire others through her charity the Jaime Effect.

"That's defiantly something that will help us help friends keep her alive is keeping that charity going, said Weight.

All of the money goes to helping other people in need and they are currently selling anti-cancer T-shirts.

Her friends said she lived life to its fullest.

Every moment is precious, Jaime said in October. Its such a blessing

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times