BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Elizabeth Willis Minter died at her home in Bronxville on May 30. She was 21.
Born and raised in Bronxville, Minter graduated from Bronxville High School in 2009. On Dec. 30, 2010, she was diagnosed with Gliomatosis cerebri, a rare form of brain cancer. The diagnosis came in the middle of her sophomore year at Denison University in Ohio. Despite her illness, she finished the year's exams and remained connected with friends through Facebook and a blog on Caring Bridge.
Along with her parents and neurosurgeon Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, Minter founded "Elizabeth's Hope" in 2011. The fund supports new research to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors and has raised more than $500,000.
While at Denison University, Minter initially was interested in studying psychology before switching to communications. Beyond academics, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and took part in the Denison Relay for Life in the spring of 2010.
Minter also went on a mission trip to Nicaragua to build homes and volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Her strong swing landed her on the high school varsity tennis team in the seventh grade and with the captain post in her senior year.
She is survived by her parents, Emma Hill and Michael Minter; two brothers, Trey and Will Minter; her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Willis Hill; her paternal grandparents, Clifford and Elsie Minter; and other extended family and countless friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. Memorial donations may be made Elizabeth's Hope and Jansen Hospice. Fred H. McGrath and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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