Mackenzie Newsome died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and her mother Melissa Newsome sent this message to her friends.
"Tonight, at 10:30pm, a little girl gained her wings and heaven gained an absolute angel.
My beautiful Mackenzie passed away tonight while her Beast (Mike) held her hand and I laid by her side.
I miss her so much and wish, beg, for 1 more hug, 1 more I love you more and 1 more smile.
God Bless you Mac, I know He blessed me the day I became your mom."
Danbury learned about Mackenzie thorough her family and friends who shared their thoughts and cares via their Facebook page, A Prayer for Mackenzie Newsome.
Mackenzie survived the pokings and proddings of physicians in Danbury, New Haven and Boston, who struggled at first to diagnose her illness and then to cure it. She had a tumor removed from her chest and 31 sessions of radiation therapy in Boston.
For a list of the people, organizations and businesses thanked for helping Mackenzie and her family, check this letter to the editor. For some amazing photos of Mackenzie and her family, check this link.