Kindergartner who inspired class dies from brain tumor


A sad update to a story we first brought you in June.

Londyn Davis, a kindergartner at Phalen Leadership Academy in Indianapolis, died from a massive brain tumor.

Londyn's brave battle with cancer inspired not just her own school but the entire community.

Instead of the usual field day on the last day of school, Phalen Leadership Academy held "Londyn's Day" back in June.

A few months into the school year, Londyn was diagnosed with DIPG, a highly aggressive brain tumor that's very difficult to treat. She went through several months of radiation, but the tumor was inoperable.

As her classmates enjoyed summer vacation, Londyn was starting chemotherapy. She went through a rigorous regimen and missed class, instead coming in two days a week for after-school tutoring sessions to keep up.

A giant teddy bear kept her seat warm in the classroom while her classmates were keeping her spirit alive.

WTHR visited the school in June as the children celebrated a year together.

"To see the kind of energy she has, it's like, 'Okay we have to do something for her to show her we care about her as a school, as a family, as a classroom,'" said Corey Parchman with Phalen Leadership Academy. "They're very smart. They know she's not here and when they do see her, it's like she never left. That's the great thing about our scholars here, they just hug each other, high five each other and keep going."

Students played games and wrote cards for Londyn, and a skating party raised money for the Londyn Foundation.

The school also started a GoFundMe account to help Londyn's family. Click here to donate.