Brave Girl, 6, Loses Battle With Leukemia

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    Dreams can come true. Just ask little Jasmina Anema. (Published Thursday, Dec 3, 2009)

    A 6-year-old Manhattan girl who has bravely been battling leukemia for the last year has died, her mother said late last night.

    Jasmina Anema's brave fight inspired thousands, including celebrities like Rihanna, to donate bone marrow. In December, the adorable Greenwich Village kindergartner even charmed President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House.

    According to the Daily News, Jasmina's year-long fight against an especially fatal form of cancer ended at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday  at NYU Langone Medical Center.

    She was diagnosed with pneumonia in both of her lungs and deteriorated rapidly, the News said. 

    "Today, January 27th, at 10:55 p.m. Jasmina lost her fight against leukemia," her mother, Thea Anema, wrote on her blog.

    The little girl's plight has captured the attention of New Yorkers and one of her last wishes, to meet President Obama, came true in December.

    During the 10 minute meeting at the White House, House, President Obama gave Jasmina some gifts to take home – the presidential seal, a matching presidential yo-yo and a box of M&Ms, reports the News. But, most importantly, he gave her his time, attention and affection.

    "It was like they were really best buddies," Anema told the News. "It was just how he spoke to her, like a daddy. It was so sweet … She feels very special."

    The trip was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation.

    Jasmina was diagnosed last January with a rare and deadly form of leukemia. The young girl befriended pop stars Rihanna and Kelly Rowland, who used their fame and celebrity status to draw attention to her cause and help her get a marrow transplant in June.