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A panoramic view of students and faculty surrounding a covered heart sculpture prior to the start of a dedication ceremony honoring Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. Crane died in December of 2013. (Jennifer Shephard)

Cleveland School students who created stars to decorate a large heart sculpture for the sculpture dedicated to Sarah Crane listen to speakers during the dedication ceremony at the school Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard)

A quote surrounds a large purple heart on a portion of a large heart sculpture that was dedicated in honor of Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard)

A plaque rests on the front of a podium following a dedication ceremony honoring Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 28, 2014. A large purple heart sculpture, covered with stars made by students, is displayed in front of the school. The plaque will be installed at the base of the sculpture. (Jennifer Shephard)

Elkhart Community Schools bus driver Michelle Ivey, left, kneels to see some of the small stars on the large purple heart sculpture dedicated to Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. People swarmed around the sculpture following the ceremony reaching out to touch the heart and stars created by a group of Cleveland students. (Jennifer Shephard)

Cleveland School students who created stars to decorate a large heart sculpture for the sculpture dedicated to Sarah Crane listen to speakers during the dedication ceremony at the school Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013 after starting the Sarah Strong campaign. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Dean Crane shakes hands with students at Cleveland School following a dedication ceremony Thursday, May 29, 2014. A large heart sculpture was installed in front of the school, covered with stars created by students. Sarah died in December 2013 after starting the Sarah Strong campaign. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Jenna Crane, right, shares a hug after the unveiling of the heart sculpture dedicated to her sister Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013 after starting the Sarah Strong campaign. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Kylee Crane, right, smiles as she shares a hug after the unveiling of the heart sculpture dedicated to her sister Sarah Crane at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013 after starting the Sarah Strong campaign. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Kylee Crane, left, and sister Allyson Crane, right, walk around and look at the individual stars created by Cleveland School students after the unveiling of the heart sculpture dedicated to their sister Sarah Crane at the school Thursday, May 29, 2014. Sarah died in December 2013 after starting the Sarah Strong campaign. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Sarah Crane's family gets their first look at a large heart sculpture dedicated in the memory of the Elkhart teen who died in December 2013 during a ceremony at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. The heart, which is covered in stars created by students is on display in front of the school where Sarah once was a student. (Jennifer Shephard) (Buy this photo)

Sarah Crane's family prepare to pull a tarp from a large heart sculpture dedicated in the memory of the Elkhart teen who died in December 2013 during a ceremony at Cleveland School Thursday, May 29, 2014. The heart, which is covered in stars created by students is on display in front of the school where Sarah once was a student. (Jennifer Shephard)

A large bow keeps a tarp in place as Cleveland School students assemble for a dedication ceremony to honor Sarah Crane at the Elkhart school Thursday, May 29, 2014. A large heart sculpture was installed in front of the school, covered with stars created by students. Sarah died in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard)

Dean Crane conveys his daughter Sarah's spirit as he speaks to faculty and students at Cleveland School during a dedication ceremony Thursday, May 29, 2014. A large heart sculpture has been installed in front of the school, covered with stars created by students. Sarah died in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard)
Heart sculpture dedicated to honor Sarah Crane
Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Dean Crane used words Thursday, May 29, to convey the strength and spirit of his daughter Sarah, as he spoke during a dedication ceremony honoring Sarah at Cleveland School. Sarah died from colon cancer in December 2013 after creating Sarahstrong.

Sarah’s family and friends, and teachers and students from the school gathered around a large purple sculpture in the shape of a heart.

“She became very strong. She became very determined. She became very courageous, and she became a leader, and she did all of these things internally. She did them on her own. And one of the big things Sarah wanted to do no matter how difficult a day was and no matter the outcome of everything we were going through. Sarah wanted to make sure we always thought about somebody else. She loved the phrase pay it forward,” said Crane.

The family walked up to the large heart and pulled the cover away revealing a heart with deep purple color and a moon surrounded by small stars created by Cleveland students. There was applause from the audience as the family took it all in.

Crane continued, “This is a daily reminder when you see that color purple it should bring a smile to your face. It should remind you to take a second and do something for the person next to you. To do something for the person at home. To do something positive, something nice for a complete stranger.”