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Nevaeh Denine ‘welcomed into heaven’

Seven-year-old Nevaeh Denine of Goulds shows her opinion of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit outside the Janeway in St. John’s Friday. Nevaeh will be the honourary race starter Saturday Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday as the Scarlet Bandit, Bounty Hunter and other monster trucks take part in the NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks.
Nevaeh Denine. - Joe Gibbons file photo/The Telegram

Nine-year-old girl started Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand to raise money for charity

“Welcomed into Heaven in her Daddy's loving arms” read a social media post on Monday evening, announcing the death of Nevaeh Joey Veronica Denine.

Nevaeh, whose name was Heaven spelled backwards, was nine years old.

She fought a hard battle with neuroblastoma.

After watching the Janeway Telethon in 2014, Nevaeh imagined starting the world’s largest lemonade stand. Later that year, she got her wish, and Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand was born.

The fourth annual celebration for the lemonade stand was held on July 28, the day after her ninth birthday.

The events have raised more than $160,000 for families in Newfoundland and Labrador living with pediatric cancer.

In a Facebook post, Nevaeh’s family left a poem:

“She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me.”

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Thousands of messages of condolences have been posted on social media to honour the girl.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with a sweet little girl who taught us all about courage, caring and love; an inspiration to us all,” wrote St. John's Mayor Danny Breen on his Twitter account.

“Our hearts are broken,” read a tweet posted by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

“We should all strive to be even half the person Nevaeh Denine was. Brave, Selfless, Strong, & Courageous. She never gave up. Life gave her lemons and she made lemonaid.”

A Facebook page called “Happiness for Nevaeh” had received more than 5,300 comments by early Tuesday and been shared about 7,700 times.

david.maher@thetelegram.com

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