‘Our sweet angel got her wings’

5-year-old Natalie Bieberbach loses battle against leukemia

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/20/17

A 5-year-old from Walker County passed away Thursday as a result of her battle with leukemia.

Natalie Bieberbach’s family shared the news on Facebook Thursday morning on the TeamNatalie page, where thousands of people have followed her journey to fight cancer since December 2015.

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‘Our sweet angel got her wings’

5-year-old Natalie Bieberbach loses battle against leukemia

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A 5-year-old from Walker County passed away Thursday as a result of her battle with leukemia.

Natalie Bieberbach’s family shared the news on Facebook Thursday morning on the TeamNatalie page, where thousands of people have followed her journey to fight cancer since December 2015.

Natalie was in remission in April 2016, but her cancer relapsed in January. She later developed a brain infection, had complications following a bone marrow transplant and developed a reaction from one of her chemotherapy medications. She had been in a coma, resting peacefully, since last month.

“At 4:40 a.m. this morning, our sweet angel got her wings,” Natalie’s family posted to Facebook Thursday. “Thank you all for following our journey. Natalie brought communities together, families together and because of her we are all better people. She is the description of love. Please pray for comfort for our family.”

Natalie had spent several months at Children’s of Alabama since her diagnosis in 2015, but she kept fighting, despite many setbacks. Community members rallied around the young girl, with prayer vigils and events held in her honor.

The family received hundreds of messages on Facebook Thursday to share their personal memories of Natalie or to simply relay their condolences.

Michael Forsythe said, “NatalieStrong. No words to describe this news.”

“Please keep Natalie's family and friends in your prayers,” Sheila Cain Bush shared. “This was the strongest, toughest little girl I ever met. Rest In Heaven Natalie.”

Oakman Mayor and Jasper Police Department investigator Cory Franks shared a picture from when he met Natalie one day, and sent prayers to her family.

“Rest well, sweet girl. This day was truly a blessing for us,” Franks said. “Meeting Natalie impacted my life in such a positive way the day I met her in Los Reyes, not knowing what she was going through. The way it all happened was truly a blessing to me and the guys at the PD.”

No funeral arrangements have been announced, but Wilson Funeral Home in Carbon Hill will be directing.