Monday, December 1, 2014

Nina Poeta's family leads way in bittersweet Seymour Christmas parade

Youths from Seymour Pink march in the Seymour Christmas Parade Sunday. Kate Ramunni -- New Haven Register
By Kate Ramunni, New Haven Register

SEYMOUR >> Nina Poeta was smiling down on Seymour Sunday as the town dedicated its annual Christmas parade to the teen who died Nov. 1 of cancer.

“I’m sure she is up there watching us and is really happy to see the community come together again because of her,” said Deidre McManus, who said her boyfriend’s family is close friends with the Poeta family. McManus was one of the hundreds of people who lined the streets in downtown Seymour Sunday for the town’s annual Christmas celebration.

A year ago, Nina was diagnosed with a brain tumor that doctors determined could not be removed. The town rallied around the teen and her family, raising almost $100,000 to go toward their expenses.

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