By Jake Remaly
Brooke Healey, a 5-year-old girl whose battle with a rare brain tumor inspired fundraisers throughout the community, died Monday morning, her family said.
Brooke, the daughter of Madison teacher and coach Steve Healey, lived in New Providence.
She was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in January, a rare, inoperable tumor in the middle of her brain.
The New Providence and Madison communities had rallied around Brooke in recent months.
Family friends, current and former students, coworkers and businesses in Madison helped organize fundraisers and shows of support for Brooke and her family since Brooke's diagnosis in January, including bracelet sales, bowling outings and an event at the Madison Community Pool.
A candlelight vigil was held in New Providence in August, and motorcyclists were just among the many groups to raise money for her plight.
Steve Healey has said the support was amazing.