Layla Grace Evetts, a Central Texas girl who for two years has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27 her family announced on Facebook.

“At around 1:45 p.m., Precious Layla Grace entered Heaven’s gates. She fought so hard and strong until the absolute end,” her family said.

In February 2018 Layla, of Riesel and Burleson, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive pediatric form of brain cancer.

Doctors gave her six to nine months to live.

She fought cancer for over two years.

Her supporters included Texas country music artist Aaron Watson who learned about her battle from college friend KWTX anchor Julie Hays and he later threw a surprise backstage party for Layla when he performed at the Heart Of Texas Fair in October.

He took her to the stage to sing with him one of her favorite songs, “Bluebonnets,” and the crowd chanted “Layla” at the end of his show and wanted her to autograph their boots and caps.

On Feb. 16, Watson returned to Central Texas to participate in Layla’s seventh birthday celebration.

Arrangements were pending Thursday but members of the family said the reception will be in Joshua on Sunday afternoon and the funeral will be in Itasca on Monday.

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