An inspiration to all who knew, loved her
by Brandon Wilson
bwilson@mdjonline.com
August 25, 2010 12:00 AM | 9516 views | 22 22 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faith Cline received her diploma from Kennesaw Mountain High School in a special ceremony earlier this month.<br>Photo by Laura Moon
Faith Cline received her diploma from Kennesaw Mountain High School in a special ceremony earlier this month.
Photo by Laura Moon
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KENNESAW - Faith Cline's life was one of inspiration, perseverance and hope.

The 17-year-old Acworth girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor her freshman year, and who captured headlines for her determination to graduate from high school before passing, died peacefully at her home early Tuesday, surrounded by family and friends she loved the most, her mother said.

"She was an amazing kid who only wanted to make a difference in this world," her mother, Kristina Boswell said. "She fought with courage, faith and dignity, and she died the same way."

On Aug. 8, Faith graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in a special commencement since doctors were unsure how much longer she was going to live. The rising senior had already completed all of her graduation requirements. Dozens of family members and hundreds of students, teachers and Kennesaw officials, packed the KMH auditorium to show support - and cheered during a standing ovation after the tearful teen was handed her diploma.

Graduating was just one of the goals Faith set out to accomplish before she died. Another was to speak to one of her idols, famous country singer Carrie Underwood, who called Faith five days after her graduation ceremony.

"She was so excited when the call came in," Kristina Boswell said. "She was a little speechless at first and just sat there with a big grin on her face. She told her what a fan she was watching her on 'American Idol.' She congratulated (Underwood) for getting married. She was grinning and said, 'mom, she was just talking to me like a regular person.' She just talked to her about going on tour and her husband."

Kristina Boswell said Faith also received an autographed picture and t-shirt from Underwood. And that's not the only country music star who got caught up in Faith's heart wrenching story. She also got a t-shirt from Kenney Chesney, which remains hung on the wall in Faith's room, signed, "Love you, Kenney," Faith's mom said.

Also on her list of things to do before dying was to meet her half-brother, take a mission trip, cruise the Caribbean, ski in Utah and attend a Braves game in the VIP section, which all happened. Perhaps most importantly, however, Faith listed that she wanted to make a difference in the world, which certainly occurred.

After her story was printed in the Journal and through other media, readers and family thanked the teenager for being an inspiration and showing them they can achieve anything.

Faith's yearbook quote is: "Never give up hope and you will do great things, I already know."

That quote became words of inspiration for her classmates.

The day after she was diagnosed on March 28, 2008, doctors told Faith that they planned to immediately admit her into a hospital. But Faith, who was heavily involved in chorus and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at school, was determined to be present for a JROTC annual military inspection the next day.

"She proceeded to scream and holler because she said, 'I will not miss school tomorrow. I've worked too hard. I am not missing school,'" Kristina Boswell earlier said.

Faith's stepfather, Paul Boswell, called Faith "an inspiration."

"She fought to go to school, even though she was in and out of the hospital and under treatment," he said.

KMH Principal Dr. Kevin Daniel called her determination "contagious."

In an email sent to Cobb County School District officials on Tuesday, Daniel wrote: "I wanted to inform you that early this morning our well loved Mustang, Ms. Faith Cline, passed away. We dedicated our moment of quiet reflection to her and have visited her classrooms ... Thanks again for your support of the graduation ceremony earlier this month for Faith. It was a great event honoring a wonderful young lady."

Daniel said guidance counselors are available and staff are visiting classes and checking on students.

Faith, who died at 2:58 a.m. Tuesday, lived nearly a year longer than the 14 months doctors said she would after being diagnosed. Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at North Metro Church, 2305 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw, 30064. Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the church.

Faith requested that the funeral be held on a Saturday so her classmates could attend, her mother said. She also requested that attendees were green instead of black, since green was her favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, Faith requested that people make a donation to the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, 6065 Roswell Road, NW, suite 505, Atlanta, Ga., 30328. The website is www.braintumorkids.org.

"She wanted to do that for what they did for her family and other families, and she wanted to say thank you for that," Kristina Boswell said.

Faith is survived by her mother; stepfather; siblings Jeremy Boswell, 22, Patience Cline, 15, and Isaac Cline, 12; and her grandparents, Kim and Jerry Potts, Charlene McDonald, Marie Davenport and Steve Russell.
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Alison M
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August 28, 2010
I remember the first time I met Faith. It was on a softball field before her diagnosis. I remember being very impressed with her because she was such a cheerleader for her teammates. To Faith's family: I have been praying for you; she was blessed to have a family like you to care for her through it all.
fellow student
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August 26, 2010
I got to see faith on a day to day basis, that is when she didn't have appointments or anything. I was in chorus with her and got to see up close her determination to fight and prove that cancer couldn't hold her back. Faith is the most beautiful, happy, warm, bubbly person i have ever met. She kept me going when i thought i was going to give up. Even with the battle she was fighting, she was a wonderful friend, a strong shoulder to cry on and dedicated listener. Looking at that picture in this article makes me so proud. I know how bad she wanted to do well in school and walk across that stage and get her high school diploma. And she did it! I know everyone says that she was an inspiration, but there's really know other way to describe her. She's changed peoples lives. And most definitely made a difference in the world. I'm just lucky to have been in her presence for the time she was here. She is loved and cherished in our community, and always will be. And i think i can speak for our entire school when i say, We love you and will forever miss you. My life has changed for the better because of Faith. Forever missed, never forgotten. I'll keep loving Faithfully. I miss you baby girl.
The Dubelle Family
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August 26, 2010
Our family wants to express our heartfelt sadness at the loss of your Faith. What a wonderful, brave, thoughtful girl she is and such a role model for us all. Our daughter Chelsea goes to school with her and always spoke so highly of her. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers for this difficult time. God bless you.
CaptKudzu
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August 25, 2010
Faith's life experience has touched us all, it should be documented in print to guide others now and far into the future. Thank you Faith.SRKYE
Ella Mentary
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August 25, 2010
To Faith's family- I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Faith. Thank you for sharing her story with us.
KenTanner
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August 25, 2010
"She only wanted to make a difference in this world," her mother said.

She did.

A life well lived.

Acworth Res
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August 25, 2010
Her quote just about made me cry. I wish more people had her attitude. What an inspirational girl.
staciel
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August 25, 2010
In retrospect, you couldn't have chosen a better name for your daughter. What a beautiful story about a beautiful and courageous young woman. God Bless!
KMHS NJROTC Mom
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August 25, 2010
As I wipe tears from my eyes, I pray that Faith's family finds strength in each other and in God. My son is a fellow KMHS NJROTC cadet and has truly been touched and inspired by Faith. "Never give up hope and you will do great things. I already know." God bless you, sweet lady.
Indian Joe
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August 25, 2010
A true inspiration to so many. This young lady was what this country is all about - coping and going forward with success in spite of tremendous hardships, setbacks and odds. Her wonderful courage should be seen by many as a goal for their lives, to keep on keeping on, never give up and if your heart is in the struggle,you can succeed. Bless this beautiful young lady and her family who no doubt provided the support and inspiration that showed through in her determination.
kellg
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August 25, 2010
Thank you for sharing Faith's story. What a lesson in courage, faith, and dignity for all of us. She was - and is - a gift from Heaven. Her family will be in my prayers. Thank you, Faith, for your inspiration, and example. Sleep well, darling angel.
Brittany Lockwood
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August 25, 2010
One of my best friends! I am going to miss her so much!
Fuzzell Family
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August 25, 2010
Our hearts and prayers are with this family. I will never forget this young lady and all she accomplished in her short time here. I know God has great plans for her on a higher plain. Rest in Peace, Dear one.
Sherry Lankester
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August 25, 2010
Heaven just became sweeter because another ANGEL

got there. Faith .What a wonderful name. God blessed you with her care and guidance. Now she is home.
Go Rest Faith
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August 25, 2010
Thank you for publishing these articles about this amazing girl. What a beacon of light in a dark world.
mekidd
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August 25, 2010
Never had the priviledge of knowing this incredible young woman, but her story has touched my life. My heart and prayers are filled with love for her family.
rjsnh
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August 25, 2010
Her life serves as an inspiration to all of us. She was courageous and fearless, a shining example of how to live ones life and a role model of how to accept ones fate with dignity. She has left a legacy of a life worth living...Death did not cheat her because she chose to live life to the fullest...the greatest revenge is living well and she made sure she did.
Lisa Brown
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August 25, 2010
Through blurry eyes clouded by tears, I write this. She did and will inspire many. Her bravery and the maturity with which this young girl handled such adversity is a model for us all to aspire.

If she can graduate, anyone who applies themselves can!

Rest in peace now!
Chris in Carrollton,
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August 25, 2010
Just wanted to say Thank You for giving such an awesome article for this young lady. As I sat here this morning crying while reading this, I only could hope that one day I could leave a legacy as Faith did. She will be remembered not for her tumor and death, but for the life she lived in spite of it.

Thanks for the article, but most of all thanks be to Faith for touching my life.
Grandma of a KHS stu
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August 25, 2010
Rarely has a story touched my heart as much as this one--What a tribute to a young lady and to her family. Please keep us all posted on her legacy--God bless
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