NORWELL — There is something about a little girl fighting for her life that gets to people’s hearts and minds.
Stephanie Carr only met the girl a few times before the diagnosis, but news of it left her in tears. She found herself hugging her own daughters more tightly.
Joanne Smith was at home sick in bed when she found herself thinking about the girl’s plight and decided to launch a community event — a road race — to show the family that people care.
The story of 5-year-old Caroline Cronk, nicknamed Calle, who is battling a rare and inoperable brain tumor, has resonated deeply with people of all ages in this small town of about 11,000 residents.
“Calle’s story is so personal it has pulled us all in,” said Carr.
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