Belle Plaine sisters help with girl's dying wish

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BELLE PLAINE, Minn. - Fourteen-year-old twin sisters, Kassi and Lexxi Tapp do just about everything together. They even share their own Twitter account.

So when they saw the story about 8-year old Jane Fiemeyer on KARE 11 earlier this week and how her dying wish was to meet her favorite band, Big Time Rush, the Belle Plaine girls did the only thing they could think of.

They tweeted her story over and over again.

"Like 500. Yeah, we went over our tweeting limit just to get that out there," said Kassi Tapp.

For the past year, Fiemeyer, who lived in Wadena has been battling leukemia and doctors told her family she did not have much longer.

"She likes Big Time Rush, and that's my favorite band. So I had to help her," said Kassi.

They were not the first to tweet about Jane, but by all accounts they were the first to name it.

Kassi decided to include in her tweets the hash tag "BTRMeetJane". A hash tag allows people to follow a conversation more closely. 

That took the Twitter talk about Jane's story from a faint whisper to an overwhelming roar eventually getting the band's attention

"Lexxi came up to me and said Kassie did that. Kassie started that trend," said the girls' mother, Sandi Tapp.

Jane was set to meet Big Time Rush or BTR through SKYPE Thursday where the band would have surprised her by telling her they would meet her in person Monday.

Sadly, her courageous spirit could not hold on long enough. She passed away only hours before the band was going to SKYPE with her.

"I'm just so thankful for everyone who has been so inspired by her," said Jane's mother, Jil Fiemeyer by phone Friday.

Although her daughter passed away only hours before meeting Big Time Rush, she says because of people like Kassi and Lexxi, Jane knew how much the band loved her, along with so many others.

"All of these people throughout the world really that have united in Jane's memory makes a mom very proud," she said. "It's my privilege to have been Jane's mom and it's my honor to carry her legacy forward."

And Jane's legacy seems stronger than ever. Today, her classmates and teachers wore wigs to school in her honor. Her family says she loved wearing crazy-colored wigs.

Their efforts raised more than $2500 to go towards ending childhood cancer. It's on top of the $2100 Jane raised herself by making wallets made out of duct tape.

"Together we can all do something so another kid someday doesn't have to die from this nasty, nasty bully, we call cancer," said Fiemeyer.

There were some, including Kassi and Lexxi, who were hoping Big Time Rush would come to Jane's funeral on Monday to sing a song.

Instead, her mother asked the band to do something special at one of their concerts.

That something special came Friday night.

"They are doing a tribute for her at their show tonight in Ottawa, Canada and dedicating their song "Worldwide" to her," said the band's spokesperson, Lilah Kojoori.

In an email she added, "the guys were deeply touched by Jane and her courage."

So were two girls from Belle Plaine who decided to do something to show her.

"She was a Rusher. So Rushers stick together no matter what," said Lexxi of the nickname for BTR's fans.

Jane Fiemeyer's funeral will be at Wadena Elementary School, Monday at 3 p.m. The visitation will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

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