THOMPSON, N.D.-A woman whose home recently was remodeled by dozens of volunteers while she was receiving cancer treatment has died.
Kerri-Lynn Larimer died Saturday at her home after battling metastatic melanoma for almost a year. She was 44 years old.
"She was always all-encompassing, just loved everyone, and everyone loved her," her close friend Gina Roller said, adding people will remember her for her free spirit.
Larimer was diagnosed with the skin cancer in November. She traveled to Mayo Clinic in late September for treatments.
She was gone for eight days, and during that time Roller sent out messages to friends asking for help replacing flooring in Larimer's home.
The project attracted 75 to 100 people who helped renovate almost every aspect of the house in Thompson-they also painted walls, replaced light fixtures, installed electrical outlets and installed a new furnace that was donated.
When Larimer and her family returned home on Sept. 30, they were surprised with what she would call "her dream home."
"She was very happy about it, very touched that everybody did that for her," Roller said.
A GoFundMe page set up by her friends in Winnipeg, where she went to high school, garnered more than $23,000 in donations.
"Kerri-Lynn wanted me to let all of you know she truly loves all of the support, prayers and love she feels she has gotten from all of you," her husband, Dean, wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Roller has organized an effort to donate chemo care pouches to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Altru Cancer Center, where Larimer had her treatment. The pouches contain products that patients would appreciate as they fight cancer, including lotion, socks, word puzzles and other items.
In the three days since Roller posted the message on Facebook, more than 100 people have contacted her about sponsoring a pouch, she said.
"At $50 a piece, that is not a small sponsorship," she said. "I think that really overwhelmingly says how much she is loved."