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13-year-old Tate Schaefer of ‘TaterTough’ movement dies after battle with brain cancer

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Courtesy: TaterTough Facebook page, Vivacious Moments Photography

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (KWWL) -- In Williamsburg, the boy at the heart of the 'TaterTough' movement, has died.

Tate Schaefer was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor back in December 2018, called DIPG. He lost his fight to the tumor early Monday morning.

Tate became a local celebrity when he got to travel with his hometown hero, NFL player Austin Blythe of the LA Rams, to Superbowl 53.

Tate's family posted a message confirming the news on the TaterTough Facebook page Monday.

"If you knew him, you know what he meant to you and how he made your life better by being in it," the post said, in part. "Remember that and honor him by loving and living like he did."

"Love every moment and every day you are given. And love those around you like we love Tate and each moment we were blessed to have with him. Live each day in a way that it spills over to everyone around you and causes them to live the same way."

Facebook post from Tate's family

Amana Elementary would like to send our condolences to the family of Tate Schaefer and the entire Williamsburg community.

Posted by Amana Elementary School on Monday, March 29, 2021
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