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Lacey Horwitch Succumbs to Rare Disease at 10

The young Northbrook resident died in her parents' arms on Tuesday morning.

Lacey Horwitch, 10, died early Tuesday morning after a bout with hemophagocytic lymphohistocytis and thyroid hormone resistance, the Northbrook Star reports.

“She will always be our angel,” Lacey's mother, Laura Horwitch wrote in a CaringBridge post, according to the Northbrook Star. She passed away in her parents' arms

Lacey was diagnosed with the rare disease in August 2011. HLH caused Lacey's immune system to attack her own organs and the cells that produce blood in her bone marrow.

After her diagnosis, community members rallied on her behalf, holding bone marrow registry drives in nearby towns and a dance event at Stevenson High School to benefit medical research.

Read more about Lacey in last year's Patch profile.

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