Young songwriter loses battle with cancer

Posted March 30, 2010
Updated March 31, 2010

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— A Raleigh girl who made news with her music succumbed to cancer Sunday.

Eleanor Bothwell was 9 when she wrote “’Cause You Are Yourself,” a song about her battle with bone cancer, as part of the music therapy program at the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

She was 11 at the time of her death.

(Click here to hear Eleanor sing her song or read the lyrics.)

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at North Raleigh United Methodist Church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, Eleanor's family suggests memorial contributions to support The Eleanor Bothwell Endowment Fund for Educational Initiatives in Pediatric Oncology. The family created this fund to support educational programs for caregivers in Pediatric Oncology.

Contributions can be sent to:

North Carolina Children’s Promise
c/o Eleanor Bothwell Education Fund
Campus Box 7237
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7237

(Checks can be made payable to the North Carolina Children’s Promise. Memo line on check should read: Eleanor Bothwell Education Fund.)


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  • TestForFun Apr 2, 2010

    She was a remarkable, talented child. She will be remembered by our whole community. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Garnerian Apr 1, 2010

    No more test for her and no more suffering. God bless her family and friends.

  • sssh.. whisper Apr 1, 2010

    RIP angel. Your family is in my prayers. May you watch over all the other people who suffer from Cancer

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2010

    May she forever rest in Jesus's arm. My condolences to the family. God bless you all.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 1, 2010

    R.I.P. littler one at gods feet

  • Ambygirl Apr 1, 2010

    God speed little angel........

  • ncguy Apr 1, 2010

    If we could all be that brave...

  • lovinlife2010 Apr 1, 2010

    No child should ever have to go through this!!! That's why cancer research is soooo important!!

    God Bless you Eleanor ... you were braver at 11 than many of us are as grown adults!! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family!

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 1, 2010

    Rest in peace sweet angel. :(

  • eastwake98 Mar 30, 2010

    I was so sad to hear about Eleanor passing away. I remember hearing her song, and thinking she was an inspiration for people with or without cancer. Her song was full of hope. I will be praying for her family to find peace.