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Caroline F. O'BRIEN

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O'BRIEN, Caroline F. Precious Caroline, age 11 of Old Lyme, died peacefully on Monday surrounded by her loving and incredibly proud parents. Caroline was born on October 19, 1998 and in her short life, she brought joy to so many. She loved to dance and sing and especially make people laugh. She loved school, shopping, soccer, lacrosse, painting pottery, swimming and sailing. Her most favorite thing to do was to spend time with her family and friends. With the help of her family, she established a foundation called Caroline's Miracle Foundation, in order to raise funds for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma research, as well as help other children who have been diagnosed with this devastating brain tumor. Caroline leaves behind her adoring parents, Michael and Jennifer (Bollo) O'Brien, as well as her adoring siblings Emily, Brendan, and Abigail. She is also survived by her loving grandparents G. Robert and Mary O'Brien; and Paul L. and Nancy Bollo, all of Niantic. She has many "aunties and uncles" and so many cousins who are all heartbroken over her loss. 'Our Caroline' will always remain with us in spirit, as she has touched so many lives. Her tragedy has reminded us all that the simple things in life, like love and kindness, are truly the most important. Her funeral services will be private, however, there will be a celebration of the gift of her life on Saturday (July 24, 2010) at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the King Catholic Church in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, please go out of your way to perform a kind and caring act for someone who needs your help right now. Please do this in sweet Caroline's honor. Small or large, she would have loved knowing that she was the inspiration for so many kind deeds!

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 21, 2010
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