Family, Friends Celebrate Special Sweet 16

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Family and friends gathered at Lake Shawnee Thursday night to celebrate a special sweet 16 birthday.

Balloons soared into the sky to honor what would have been Lexie Salmon's 16th birthday.

Friends joined Lexie's family to share memories, and sing the happy birthday song.

Lexie became ill in early June with a virus that attacked her organs; she died week later.

She had just finished her sophomore year at Shawnee Heights.

Her family and friends continue using Lexie's story to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.