Concord mourns the loss of middle schooler after losing battle with brain tumor
CONCORD — The Concord community is mourning the death of 13-year-old Molly Banzhoff after she never woke up after emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.
When the family was told she would not be waking up, they decided to take her off life support, according to the Concord Monitor.
Molly was brought to the hospital after experiencing a migraine and vomiting on May 1. Doctors then discovered the brain tumor, and a day later, had surgery to remove it according to a "YouCaring" fundraiser page set up by Molly Rider - a longtime family friend of the family.
They wanted to give everyone everyone a chance to say goodbye so Higgins, who is a Concord school board member and former high school teacher and coach, shared a post on Facebook.
“Molly doesn’t belong to me,” Higgins told the Monitor. “She’s my daughter, but I drop her off in the morning and I see her in the evening. In all those hours, she’s somebody’s friend, somebody’s student, somebody’s dancer, somebody’s bestie. She doesn’t belong to me. It didn’t cross my mind at all not to have everybody come."
On Friday night, the crowds had left and the family prepared to say their own goodbyes.
Molly "peacefully danced away" on Saturday, a fundraising page stated.
As of Monday afternoon, more than $27,000 has been raised for Molly's family.
A fund to support the Banzhoff-Higgins family has also been set up at the Concord Dance Academy, where Molly was a student. It is at .