EUGENE, Ore. - A Eugene boy lost his battle with a rare form of cancer, and family and friends are left inspired by his courage.
Seven-year-old Javon Simmons died on June 15th with family and friends by his side.
"It was something I knew would happen but something you never could really prepare yourself for," Simmons said.
"He just took his last breath and his dad was trying to get him to sit up and he was trying to talk to him. It was devastating," said LeLe Parra, a close friend of Javon's family.
Fourteen-year-old Parra was sitting with Javon on his last day. A close friend of the family, she would frequently visit him in the hospital.
"I would sing to him in the hospital room, and that was one of the only things that made him respond," Parra said.
Parra was so inspired by Javon's interest in her singing, that she decided to take a song she was writing, "Guardian Angel," and dedicate it to him.
"Me and my dad co-write a lot of stuff," Parra said. "We didn't really know what that song was going to be for, and then we found out about Javon. At that point, we knew the song was meant for him."
Parra plans to sell the song on iTunes and donate all funds raised through her music to Relay for Life.
"I want to do something good with it so other kids that do have cancer out there can have a chance," Parra said.
The song moves all family and friends who hear the lyrics and anticipate seeing their angel, Javon, again one day.
"We have to have a feeling of knowing that someday we'll be together with him again," Simmons said. "To me that's something that I really cherish."
LeLe Parra's song "Guardian Angel" is expected to be on iTunes within the next two to three weeks.