Mercedez Alexiz Rasdal gained her angel wings on Oct.22nd, 2017, after an eight month battle with DIPG (brain cancer) . Mercedez was gifted to this world in Klamath Falls on May 22nd, 2006 to Eric Rasdal and Tyra Moore. She attended Head Start, Mills Elementary, and Ponderosa Middle School while making friends with all those she came to know throughout the years. She will be fondly remembered, and greatly missed, by those she left behind.
Mercedez was always the determined girl with a ready smile, who continuously looked for ways to make other’s days a little brighter. She would surprise so many of those she knew with thoughtful gifts, and had a strong desire to help those less fortunate in life. She loved doing school sports and participated in track, basketball, softball, and volleyball. She was passionately devoted to the Raiders, and enjoyed collecting lots of different things such as beanie babies and painted rocks. Oftentimes Mercedez would come to school with a loaded bag of trinkets, candy, and baubles to share with other students and teachers. She left a trail of happiness and love throughout her life.
In February of 2017, Mercedez was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive brain cancer with no known cure. Despite this, her family, friends, and community rallied in support of her battle and did so much to embrace her and her family in their fight. Mercedez fought with strength, grace, and selflessness. Throughout even her hardest days, Mercedez showed concern that her family was ok. Upon learning that her tumor had grown and her symptoms were progressing, Mercedez said she didn’t want people to be sad for her. She wrote these words last November, “Like an angel she came from Hevean above she shared her compassion/for her pain and her Love she only stayed with us long enough to teach us the world, to share to give, and reach”. It was as though she knew how important her short time on Earth would be.
She is survived by her parents Eric Rasdal and Tyra Moore, little brother Zachary, big brother Dalliz Rasdal, Grandmother Doreen Moore, Grandfather Paul Byers, Grandmother Sue Pizano, Grandparents Janet and Ash Walt, and many aunts, uncles and cousins that shared their love and life with Mercedez. She was preceded in death by her Grandpa Virgil.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Integral Youth Services, 1011 Main St, Klamath Falls, Or, 97601.
An open service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on November 12th, at the Mills Elementary Auditorium followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.