When the Newport Beach and Orange County volleyball communities learned of Liz Lord's harsh diagnosis of brain cancer, they came together to help and support the former Newport Harbor High standout.
Now those people are mourning for her. Lord died Wednesday morning.
She learned of her diagnosis on April 1, 2011, when doctors told her they found an inoperable and incurable tumor.
She was told the type of brain cancer she had carried an average life expectancy of 12-14 months. But she chose to fight. She did her best to remain positive throughout her final days, showing her usual upbeat personality with her friends and family.
Lord's spirit motivated the community, which came together to raise money at the Battle of the Bay boys' volleyball match in May. Newport Harbor, with help from Corona del Mar, raised $10,000 for Lord in May.
"She got to see a lot of people," Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn said of Lord's final nine months. "With all the things that happened she realized how many people she had an impact on.