Norwell: Community bands together to help 5-yr-old girl with brain tumor

The Town of Norwell has quickly come together to help a 5-year-old girl who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

According to a website that was created for Caroline Cronk, who’s known as Calle, it was discovered in November that the young girl had one of the most deadly pediatric cancers that has a survival rate of less than 2%.

Norwell residents are now working tirelessly to help fund medical research. Joanne Smith is a co-organizer of Calle’s Miracle Run, which is a road race scheduled for the spring, “Someone said that we’re a small town with a big heart. Calle is not my daughter and she’s not apart of my immediate family but she might as well be. I have a son who’s in kindergarten at the same school as Calle. I have four children, three little boys and a little girl, this touches my heart and I think it touches everyone’s heart in town and we feel as if we know her.”

The road race is set for April 7th at Norwell High School. Smith says she’s optimistic about the turnout and expects a crowd of 500-1,000 people.

Other events, like an auction, are in the planning stages.

To register for Calle Miracle’s Run visit

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.