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Layla remembered as bubbly after losing cancer battle

STRONG LOVE: Layla Hooper with her mum Sallyann Hall.
STRONG LOVE: Layla Hooper with her mum Sallyann Hall.

LAYLA Hooper is being remembered for her beautiful smile and bubbly personality after losing her battle with ovarian cancer.

Ms Hooper fought stage-three ovarian cancer since being diagnosed at 17.

After fighting a brave battle and being told her illness was terminal earlier this year, Ms Hooper, 22, died on Friday afternoon surrounded by family.

Ms Hooper's mum Sallyann Hall said her daughter didn't want to be remembered for being someone who fought cancer instead she just wanted to be known as a good person.

"She was always so happy, bubbly and bright. She always had a smile on her face and was kind to everyone she came across," she said.

"Even when she was diagnosed she stayed positive, she did what she had to do to not let cancer rule her life."

STRONG LOVE: Layla Hooper with her mum Sallyann Hall.
STRONG LOVE: Layla Hooper with her mum Sallyann Hall. Bev Lacey

When she found out her illness was terminal her family started a bucket list to give her something to look forward to.

Her Mycause page raised $8000 from people Australia wide who wanted to help her achieve her dreams.

First on her list was to go to a State of Origin game which she was able to do in June.

She was also able to tick off going to Australia Zoo, spending time at the beach with her family at Harvey Bay, go on the Wheel of Brisbane, eat dinner with friends and family on the Brisbane River Cruise and participate in a Marie Claire photo shoot.

Ms Hooper's funeral will be held on Friday at 2pm at the Christian Outreach College, continuing at the Toowoomba Drayton Cemetery.

It will be followed by a gathering at the Gladstone Hotel.

Ms Hooper loved pastel colours so everyone who attends is asked to wear pastel.

Ms Hall said anyone who had been touched by her daughter's journey was able to come.

"Her story touched so many people and we even had people contact us saying they were inspired by her story and it encouraged them to get checked for ovarian cancer," she said.

If you would like to donate search Layla's Dreams on mycause.com.au.

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