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Students honor homecoming queen who died from cancer

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Beaverton High School crowned a new homecoming queen during Friday evening's football game and honored their former homecoming queen at the same time.

It is tradition that the reigning queen crown the new queen, but since Maddie Lauer lost her battle with thyroid cancer last fall, her little sister stepped up to take her place.

"I know she's here with us tonight," said 14-year-old Beth Lauer before the game.

During halftime, Beth Lauer stepped out onto the field and crowned the new homecoming queen for her sister.

"I knew Maddie would want me to so I thought it would be a good opportunity," she said.

Maddie was diagnosed with the extremely rare form of cancer the day before Thanksgiving 2011. Doctors only gave her months, but she lived for almost a year.

Just before she died, her peers voted to surprise her with the title of homecoming queen. She was the first freshman ever to win the title at Beaverton High School.

"Last year, it was a big deal when the seniors decided not to vote for their senior queen and decided to give it to Maddie," said Seth David Temple. "Because she was so inspiring and powerful for this community."

Students, teachers and fans wore purple, Maddie's favorite color, instead of the school's colors at Friday's home game in Maddie's memory.

"It shows how much they supported Maddie and how much they loved Maddie," said Beth. "And it shows me that they are really supportive and it makes me really happy inside."

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