By Keldy Ortiz | New Haven Register
SEYMOUR >> Nina Poeta, a Seymour High School senior who touched the lives of many in the community as she battled cancer, has died, according to her school.
She was 17.
Rich Kearns, director of security for Seymour Public Schools, said Poeta died during the overnight hours Saturday. Kearns said grief counseling will be made available at the high school both Sunday and Monday.
“Our Valley Community has all joined together as one community over the past year to offer support and comfort as Seymour High School student Nina Poeta fought “strong” through her battle with cancer,” Kearns said in a release.
Poeta was diagnosed in late November 2013 with a brain tumor after experiencing headaches. Because of the location of the tumor, doctors said it could not be surgically removed.
While she received radiation treatment, $93,965 was raised to help relieve the stress of medical bills for the family.
The gofundme.com account was created by family friend Elizabeth Pisano, who was could not be reached Sunday.
Poeta’s death touched local officials and other in the area, as those who knew her took to social media to offer their condolences. A common thread posted in dedication of Nina was “#NinaStrongForever.”
“It is with heartfelt sympathy that the Seymour community mourns the loss of Seymour High School student Nina Poeta after a long and courageous battle with cancer,” Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller said on his Facebook page Sunday. “Our love and support are with the Poeta family.”
A woman who answered at the number listed for the home of Nina’s parents, John and Dorie Poeta, and said the family did not want to comment.
In late October, Poeta’s family received a new handicapped accessible van, courtesy of Harte Family Motors.
“I’m at a loss for words,” John Poeta said when the van pulled up to the home that day.