ON Monday 16-year-old Samantha McCurley, the Bribie girl who devoted her life to Queensland rugby league, received the Broncos funeral she so deserved.
A host of Queensland sporting stars, family, friends and others she touched turned out to celebrate the life of the girl who was equal parts brave, selfless and inspiring.
"She always said that when she got married she wanted a Broncos wedding and if she passed away she wanted a Broncos funeral," her dad, Peter, said.
"(It was) just a celebration of her life."
Sam lost her cancer battle on Saturday, August 4, with mum Karen by her side, holding her hand.
Peter said she looked "peaceful" and "happy" as she finally escaped the pain that had plagued her.
"We looked after her for 16 years; it's God's turn now," he said.
"She was my hero for all the pain and suffering she went through and not complaining, and worrying about everyone else's problems rather than her own problems.
"I'll always love her and miss her."
Though the family knew this moment was coming, there was nothing they could do to prepare.
"We weren't crying for her, we were crying for us," Peter said.
"We miss her and we love her and we want her to be home but we know we can't.
"But we're also happy that she's not in any more pain and that she can see again and she can walk again."
Fittingly, the family's last outing together was to the State of Origin decider exactly one month before her passing. They saw Cooper Cronk slot a last-minute field goal to give the Maroons a one-point victory and their seventh straight series win.
At least Peter and Karen saw it. Sam's cancer stole her sight just weeks before the game, but that didn't make the occasion any less special.
"She was in a lot of pain but she was adamant that she had to be there for the boys," Peter said.
"She asked me what the score was.
"I told her it was 20-all and she said 'Dad don't worry, they'll kick a field goal' and about 30 seconds later they did."
Sam grew up watching the Broncos on her dad's knee, and it became such an integral part of their lives together that he now finds it hard to watch their games without being immediately reminded of the little fan he lost.
He said he tried to watch last weekend's loss to the Bulldogs but just wasn't up to it.
"She was my mate as well as my daughter. Footy mates," Peter said.
"We would always go to the footy and watch footy together.
"I started to watch but I just couldn't because she wasn't with me... but I know she'd be up there now telling us to stop crying."
The family would like to thank an enormous list of people who have helped them and Samantha over the course of her life.
They include all the staff at various hospitals, especially the McConnell Ward at the Royal Children's Hospital, as well as family, friends and everyone connected with Queensland Rugby League and the Broncos, and of course Sam's favourite Darren Lockyer.
The family has asked that anyone who wants to make a donation supports the Children's Health Foundation Queensland on 3252 4719.