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Friends, family celebrate teen who died from nut allergy: 'She won't be forgotten'

Reese Langer. (CBS2)
Reese Langer. (CBS2)
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MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) — A celebration of life honoring the memory of Reese Langer, a 13-year-old girl who died suddenly from a food allergy.

Reese Passed away on May 20, she’s survived by her parents Heather and Ryan, as well as her brothers and relatives.

Reese was diagnosed with food allergies and asthma at a young age. Her family always had to check food labels at the supermarket, and her mother says that’s a habit she still has.

At the ceremony, she reflected on her family’s time with Reese.

“We prayed for a miracle but in reality, we received that 13 years ago," Heather said. "And we were so very blessed to have this beautiful soul in our lives. Today we are here to honor her.”

Friends and family from across Idaho and beyond came to share in the memory of Reese. And others took the stage to share what Reese meant to them, and to those around her.

I will always remember her for her sweet spirit, pure heart, and infectious smile," said Tiffany McKee, a family friend. "She lived life with a kindness and an innate ability to make people feel loved and included.

Reese was a cheerleader, and many of her teammates attended to speak about how they loved their time with her. As the night went on, the mic was handed around the room so others could share their memories of Reese.

Reese’s mother plans to use the memory of her daughter to do good for those with similar allergies, starting a foundation in her name.

Reese strong also teaches us to be aware of food allergies," Heather said. "She didn’t let her allergies or her asthma stop her from living her best life.

She attended Eagle Middle School, and her classmates were part of the crowd tonight as well. Although her time on Earth was short, she undoubtedly left a large impact on those she left behind.

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Reese’s family will be launching a nonprofit to raise awareness for people with food allergies and help increase access to EpiPens. More information about that will be available on a website they’ll start in the coming weeks.

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