WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The Wisconsin Dells community gathered to say goodbye to one of their closest friends, Heather Field-Sweet, Thursday.
"When you heard that laugh, you knew Heather was in the room, and you just lit up," Brenda Bauer, a friend, said.
Field-Sweet was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five weeks ago.
"It was a shock," Teri Nelson, a friend, said. "She has had a lot of people support her. There has been people by her side since day one."
Bauer said once Field-Sweet was admitted to the hospital, friends weren't allowed to visit, and this was hard because Field-Sweet loved to be surrounded by people.
So, Bauer planned a community gathering to show their friend what she meant to all of them. The city lit up with purple lights and electronic billboards displaying her picture and catch-phrases.
"When something happens to one of our own, they rally and they rally big," Melissa Henry, a friend, said. "Heather was a part of many of those rallies and now she is unfortunately has got her own."
Field-Sweet died early Thursday morning.
"I wish that she was still here to see how much she is loved, and I hope she knows that," Henry said.
Her friends gathered to celebrate her life at the Grateful Shed Truckyard. All donations raised will go to a scholarship in Field-Sweet's name and honor.
"Our lives will never be the same. They're better because of her, but we will go on because she wanted us to go on," Henry said. "We will be OK, just not today."
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