He had a contagious smile and loved rollercoasters.
Marty Cordova, a young man CBS 5 News profiled last November, lost his battle with colon cancer this week. The 21-year-old from Peoria spent the past few years battling the disease and inspiring others along the way.
His big sister Camilla posted the following on Facebook:
"Marty's journey showed me the true meaning of living and loving life in the face of adversity, he showed me how to enjoy the time you have with family and friends for our time here on Earth is never promised. Don't sweat the small stuff and surely do not take your blessings in life for granted. Marty, I am so proud of you...you have been an inspiration to many and are loved by so many. Cancer may have taken your body, but your spirit and smile will always have a special place in my heart."
The family has set up an account with West National Bank under the name "Friends of Marty Cordova" for donations to be used for his memorial services. They've also set up a PayPal link for online donations on this Facebook page that has more information.
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