Malia Jusczyk sadly passed away on June 14, 2023, around 4:40 PM after 26 months of an agonizing, heroic battle against relapsed neuroblastoma. The Tri-County incoming freshman death was announced on Friday, June 16, 2023, by Tony Stoddard on a Facebook post.
Tony released the following statement on his Facebook account;
After your child has battled cancer one of the hardest things about choosing to be in the childhood cancer community is that you fall in love with so many of these kids and so many…too many times cancer takes these kids from this world leaving many broken hearts behind.
On June 14, 2023, 4:40 PM, Malia Dakota Jusczyk died after 26 months of an agonizing, heroic battle against relapsed neuroblastoma.
Malia was, (I hate saying was), but she was one of those kids who touched my heart so deeply, following her battle through her mom Megan and her dad Glen’s Facebook posts I gained so much strength from her. Thank you Malia for helping me to fight like a kid, I will always be grateful for reminding me to never give up, to appreciate every moment!
I am devastated once again that another precious child has been taken by the monster that is childhood cancer. She will never be forgotten and her work to bring joy and hope to this crazy world will continue, Something Big Malia!
Please pray for strength and comfort for her family and loved ones.
Tony (Cole’s Dad)
Malia Jusczyk was a resident of Plainville, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Megan and Glen Jusczyk. Malia was fierce! She played soccer… softball and protected her little brother Kole. She was an amazing Baker! Winning “The greatest baker” at 14 years old! She loved life, her family. And her friends.
Friends and loved ones have paid tributes to Malia across social media.
Tri-County Sports Boosters wrote, “Our Cougar Community has heavy hearts tonight with the passing of incoming freshman Malia Jusczyk ‘27. How humbled are we that she chose to join our community?”
A Facebook user Kathi Meyer Sullivan said, “My prayers are with the Jusczyk family as they begin to walk the roads that no parents or family should be led down. Although I do not personally know Malia or her family, they have been in my heart since her heart was put on our front lawn months ago. Please send prayers to Malia’s family and kiss and hug your own a little longer tonight.”