Claire Lankford passes away

Claire Lankford, 5, waves to friends as she is carried by her father, Kevin, down the red carpet in front of their home as hundreds of people cheer during a special Princess Claire Day celebration on Feb. 19. Thousands of people turned out for the special event organized by family and friends in honor of Claire, who has terminal cancer. Lankford died Saturday.

KEVIN M. COX/Daily News file photo

DICKINSON — Claire Lankford, the young Dickinson girl who drew hundreds to her neighborhood in February to make her feel like a princess, died Saturday. She was 5.

Claire was diagnosed in 2012 with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that forms in soft tissue. A first regimen of chemotherapy seemed to send the cancer into remission. But the cancer returned in January.

Doctors gave her a few months to live, and Lankford’s parents wanted to make sure their daughter had her special day.

On Feb. 19, hundreds surrounded the Lankfords’ home on Smokey Lake Lane. Dressed in a princess costume, Claire rode in a horse-drawn carriage with her family as throngs held up supportive signs and encouraged the little girl on Princess Claire Day. 

Funeral arrangements are pending.

From KHOU and Staff Reports


(8) comments

Fred Utley

Thoughts and prayers for this special family.

George Croix

Tim McGraw said 'I don't know why they say grown men don't cry'
I agree with him.

Lars Faltskog

"See the big man cry, mama".

Theresa Bethea

Heaven is her home with streets paved of gold ! No hunger, no thirst, no pain! Rest in peace you sweet precious angel

Barb Falkenhagen

Sleep without pain little Princess.

Melvin Herrmann

So sorry to read that she passed. No child should ever have to go through anything like this. Rest in peace little Princess and fly with the angels. Walk with Jesus where you will never know pain again. My prayers go out to the family during this time of sorrow.


Mark 10:13-16:
13) And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.15) Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.16) And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Though Claire was taken from us early, will not be in vain. God will always step in and help good to win over evil. The gifts and talents He had inside Claire,...he will raise up another to deploy them in this earth against the same enemy who thought he won by stopping Claire,....HE DID NOT!!!!! .....jbg
Psalms 116:15
"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."
To the family of this brave courageous young lady I say this:
John 14:1-3
1)Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
God bless and keep this family in their hour of burden. Amen!

Lars Faltskog

PSALM 127:3-5:

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."

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