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St. Charles County police honor 8-year-old who lost battle with cancer

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Eight-year-old Sydney Coari, left, passed away from kindey cancer on Feb. 28 (Credit: KMOV) Eight-year-old Sydney Coari, left, passed away from kindey cancer on Feb. 28 (Credit: KMOV)

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- This weekend, St. Charles County police gave a little girl who lost her fight with cancer a big honor.

Eight-year-old Sydney Coari passed away on Feb. 28 after her three year fight with kidney cancer.

Family friend April Hager said Sydney had a great impact on all.

 "This is a child, that no matter how she was feeling, no matter what was going on inside her little body, she smiled for everybody around her," Hager said. "She's had a great impact on all of us and all of our hearts."

During her fight, she made a big impact on the St. Charles County Police Department.

In fact, she was even named honorary police chief for a day.

And now she was laid to rest with full police honors.

"She truly was a warrior. Truly, a warrior. She fought the good fight, until the end," Pastor Ralph Williams of St. John's Church said.

The procession for Sydney began Saturday morning going from Manchester to Wellsville, a 74-mile stretch. Over a 1,000 bikers from across the country were outside St. John's Church in Ellisville to pay their respect.

Each one of them proud to be called 'Sydney's soldiers' donning yellow bands.

"Sydney has really shown a lot of us a lot of courage that, as adults, we sometimes forget," Hager said.

As she reflects on Sydney's short but still inspirational time on Earth, Hager hopes more effort is put towards finding a cure for cancer.

 "We need more research and we need it now. We need to save more kids like Sydney," Hager said.

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