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Update: Friends and Family Mourning Clare Blase

The Nerinx Hall student and Shrewsbury native had supporters from Creve Coeur to the National Hockey League.

Students and staff at Nerinx Hall held a memorial service Friday to honor the life and memory of Clare Blase, a freshman student who died following a nearly two year fight against an aggressive form of cancer. She was just days away from her 15th birthday, according to her obituary in St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

ahead of the 2012 Pedal The Cause event.

"Pedal the Cause gives me hope,” Blase, of Shrewsbury, said at the time. “To me, hope means that I can look forward to being around the people I love for a long time. We need to find a cure so parents don’t have to hear the sad news that their child has cancer.”

Blase's battle against adrenocortical carcinoma has served as a source of inspiration to those who knew her and her family, including a pair of brothers, Nick and Brendan, 2012 graduates of De Smet Jesuit High School. 

Patch has used Storify to collate some of the tributes and shouts of support for Blase which have been posted on social media in recent weeks including a Tweet from St. Louis Blues star David Backes.

Visitation hours are 1-9 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Rd., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to her funeral notice in St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The funeral mass is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 7622 Sutherland Ave. 

Sheri Gassaway December 15, 2012 at 06:24 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers go out to the Blase family, friends and the entire Nerinx community.
Olivia Dell December 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Clare was the strongest, happiest, outgoing, and most energetic girl I've ever met. When I came to Saint Michael's in Shrewsbury, she was the first friend I made. I know she's dancing her heart away in heaven right now, and I'm just glad she's finally in peace. Love you Clare Bear.

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