Arlington girl, 6, dies of rare childhood cancer

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Maddie Higgins of Arlington wished to play in the snow, but her parents weren’t sure that she could make it to winter.

So, in July, the 6-year-old who was fighting a brain cancer rare in children put on her warm clothes and emerged into a front yard filled with snow, thanks to a Haltom City-based charity. Media outlets captured her joy that day.

“It’s impossible!” she said, as her blindfold was removed. “It’s summer.”


Gallery: Snow in July for Maddie Higgins

Maddie died Monday, according to a post on her Facebook page, Fight for Maddie, set up to draw attention — and research funding — to childhood cancer.

“Our precious baby, our angel bean, our little mandolin, my pumpskins, our Madeline Parker Higgins, passed away this morning at 2:16 a.m. God better be ready to give her the biggest, most beautiful wings ever, because she has been patiently waiting,” her mother, Melanie Higgins, wrote.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Maddie’s family was active in the campaign, called A Day of Yellow and Gold to Fight Childhood Cancer.

Maddie had glioblastoma, a brain cancer that usually attacks adults.

After the snow surprise, the surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments intended to stop the cancer gave way to morphine and home hospice care.

“There are no treatments for kids,” her mother said in July.

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