Monroe girl who inspired community with cancer fight dies

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:04 AM

Monroe Elementary fifth-grader Madison Smallwood saw her wish for a high school graduation come true.

A Monroe girl whose fight inspired a community lost her battle against cancer, according to a Facebook post by her family.

“Rest in Heaven our precious Madison. You will forever be in our hearts. So many people were truly inspired by you and your fight to live!” the post said.

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In May, Madison Smallwood, a fifth-grader in the Monroe district, had long wished to experience a high school graduation. The entire Monroe community rallied to make her dream come true in May 2018.

Madison was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. Dominic Watkins, a Monroe High School graduate, also was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and he died this year.