Fallston Teen, John Carroll Student Succumbs To Lymphoma

Xavia Pirozzi, age 16, passed away March 21.

Family, friends and classmates are in mourning after Xavia Kieran Borys Pirozzi died of lymphoma last week. She was 16.

Pirozzi passed away March 21 after a six-month battle with lymphoma, according to Explore Harford. The Fallston teen was laid to rest Monday.

In honor of the sophomore, her classmates wore her favorite color, purple, on Thursday and Friday, according to student newspaper The Patriot.

Purple accessories such as socks, hair ribbons and shirts without designs underneath the uniform were permitted.

The school was closed Monday for the funeral mass.

According to The Patriot's story, students led by freshman Amanda Brennan, used a Facebook group to coordinate wearing purple.

This was Xavia's second bout with cancer, according to ABC2news.com.

She also received a heart transplant in fifth grade after she was diagnosed with "restrictive cardio myopathy—a rare degenerative disease, especially in children, which causes the heart to stiffen over time," according to a story in the Catholic Review.

An outpouring of support came via Facebook and Twitter with trending phrases "Pray for Xavia" and "Rest in peace Xavia," according to The Patriot's story.

See the slide show attached to this article to read some of the kind things people had to say.

Post your memories of her in the comments, and photos of her by clicking the button above.

Jae March 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I just happened to be at St. Joseph's Church today at the same time of Xavia's funeral. There were few parking spots to be found so I know the church was filled. This was a young lady who was obviously loved by many during her short stay on Earth. She must have touched quite a few hearts. Surely God welcomed a beautiful soul into His Kingdom. Keep her family in prayer.
mary johnston March 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I don't know her I wasn't able to meet het but my mom and sister knew her and her family through our job. My mom and sister was upset about it. I watched my mom cry on Friday when she found out. They cleaned her parents house and has gotten very close with the family over the yrs. God bless this lil girl now she isn't suffering and is flying with the angels. Rip xavia.


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