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24 November 2014

Talented Cheerleader, 17, Dies After Being Diagnosed with an Inoperable Brain Tumor

Nina Poeta, a senior at Seymour High
School in Connecticut, has died from an
inoperable brain tumor, one year after
she was given the diagnosis.
“I never heard of brain cancer when I was growing up. As a medical social worker, I worked in oncology, yet never had a single brain tumor case. Now I have lost friends to cell phone related brain tumors (same area of the brain where their cell phones were held) and know others who are fighting the disease. Dr. Lennart Hardell of Sweden has conclusively linked cell phone use and increased incidence of 2 types of brain tumors after 20+ years of epidemiology.  What will it take before our gov'ts stop bowing to telecom and come clean about the real brain tumors statistics? How many will die?" (Susan Foster, EM Radiation Research Trust)

Talented cheerleader, 17, dies at home surrounded by her family a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 
by Sophie Jane Evans, for dailymailonline, 3 November 2014

· Nina Poeta, 17, went to doctors in November 2013 with severe headaches
· Referred for an MRI scan, during which medics found mass on her brain
· Due to the cancerous tumor's location, it couldn't be surgically removed
· Miss Poeta continued cheerleading while undergoing rounds of radiation
· But after year-long battle, she passed away at home at 11pm on Saturday
· She was surrounded by her mother, Dorie, father, John, and sister, Cara
· Online post: 'It is with broken hearts we share news of Nina's passing'
· Grief counselors are on hand at Seymour High School in Connecticut

A 17-year-old cheerleader who 'always had a smile on her face' has died from an inoperable brain tumor - one year after she was given the devastating diagnosis.

Nina Poeta, a senior at Seymour High School in Connecticut, went to the doctors in November 2013 after suffering severe headaches while performing her routines.

She was referred for an MRI scan at Yale New Haven Hospital, during which medics discovered a cancerous mass on her brain. Because of the tumor's location, it could not be surgically removed.

For the following year, Miss Poeta, also a gymnast, underwent dozens of rounds of radiation while incredibly keeping up her cheerleading career at the school in Botsford Road, Seymour.

But now, after a 'strong' battle with her cancer, she has passed away at home, surrounded by her mother, Dorie, father, John, and sister, Cara, according to WTNH.com.

'The Poeta family would like to thank you for your love and support during Nina's difficult journey. Their angel is now with the other angels in heaven.'

During Miss Poeta's illness, an online fundraiser was started to help her family pay for her medical bills. Donors from both her town and further afield helped to raise more than $40,000 in total.

Jim Freund, principal of Seymour High School, said the entire community had come together in an 'impressive' attempt to support Miss Poeta, who 'fought strong through her battle with cancer'.

But despite donors' efforts, the teenager's illness eventually took its toll. She became confined to a wheelchair and lost the ability speak shortly before her death last Saturday night.

In late October, Miss Poet's family received a new handicapped accessible van, courtesy of Harte Family Motors. 'I’m at a loss for words,' Mr Poeta told the New Haven Register at the time.

And in September, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, paid for the teenager, her mother and her sister to go on a nine-day trip to Italy.

Rich Kearns, the Director of Security of Seymour Connecticut Public Schools, today paid tribute to the 'awesome' girl, saying: 'She always had a smile on her face even through this whole battle.'

He added: 'Back in November when she was diagnosed with this brain tumor she continued to come to school and participate in cheerleading.

'She actually was a key part of that success for that cheerleading team where they won the state championship.'

Mr Kearns said grief counselors are currently on hand at the school to help students and staff deal with the tragic loss of one of their own, according to Eyewitness News.

On Monday, a colorful memorial, featuring balloons, photos flowers, was erected at the entrance of Seymour High School for students to pay their respects to Miss Poeta.

Cheerleaders from the surrounding towns of Derby, Shelton and Oxford even visited the tribute to leave pom poms and bears.

Miss Poeta's funeral arrangements have not yet been disclosed.


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