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Aliquippa teenager dies after lengthy battle with cancer

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - DiMantae Raheem Bronaugh, who was facing his second battle with cancer, died Tuesday night, according to a post on the Mantae B. 24 Strong Facebook page.
 
 
A star football player on Aliquippa’s high school football team, Bronaugh was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia prior to the 2015 season. He sat out what was supposed to be his senior year and underwent chemotherapy. 
 
Granted an extra year of eligibility by the WPIAL, Bronaugh had hoped to make a comeback this season, but doctors determined he was no longer in remission in August and would need a bone marrow transplant, the Beaver County Times reported. 
 
Earlier this month, two high schools had held bone marrow registration drives to benefit Bronaugh.
 
Bronaugh was 19.
 
Aliquippa School District Superintendent Dr. Peter Carbone issued the following statement after learning of Bronaugh’s death:
"The Aliquippa School District is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our school community, DiMantae Bronaugh, grade 12 student, in the Aliquippa Junior/Senior High School. He was a remarkable young man and a true asset to the school community. Tragically, his life ended way too soon. The school district's thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow and sadness. It is important that we all remain #24 STRONG for his family and our students.
 
"Grief support will be available for students and staff members in the Junior/Senior High School and in the Aliquippa Elementary School upon request."
Others took to social media to express their sympathies:

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