GREENSBORO, N.C. - Dylan Price started his last day on earth by getting up early to go volunteer at a soup kitchen. He was fighting a battle inside his body, but he didn't talk much about that. Instead, his friends and loved ones say Dylan was all about making other people feel comfortable and loved.
"I'm going to miss everything. We just had a really deep connection. He was my best friend," Olivia Ingram, Dylan's girlfriend, said. "He taught me how to appreciate my life and how fortunate I am."
Ingram says he changed her life forever. Dylan encouraged her to do new things, to strengthen her faith and to be grateful for every moment. Over the past few months, Oliva and Dylan have been inseparable. They spent their last morning together volunteering at Urban Ministry.
Thursday morning, a few friends gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church to pray for Dylan.
"He taught me to live life to the fullest and live each day. No matter what you are going through or what you're experiencing, you can get through it. He really strengthened my relationship with the Lord," Hannah Henry, Dylan's friend, said.
Pastor Mark Brainerd added, "He took a friend to a bookstore yesterday and bought a bible and shared God's word with this young friend. He was always making himself available to be used by God."
Dylan's friend Claire Harris said, "It's amazing how much courage he has and how much faith he has in God and how much he can do for other people and how much of an inspiration he is to everyone around him."
Natalie Harrah, another friend, added, "He is just such a loving person and wants everyone to feel welcome in this world. He just wants everyone to be loved. That's what his main goal is in life."
This artwork Dylan painted hangs inside the church and will always serve as a reminder of the legacy he leaves behind. Saying good-bye to someone so young isn't easy, but those who knew him best say Dylan lived a fuller life than many adults.
"I love him to the moon and back," Ingram said.
A memorial service will be held Monday for Dylan at Westminister Presbyterian Church at 3 pm.