CT high school student dies after battling brain tumor

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WILTON — A 16-year-old youth from Wilton died last week after battling an aggressive brain tumor, leaving behind special memories and an example of how to live with enthusiasm and optimism, his family said in his obituary.

Matthew Dooley, the son of Michael and Jane Dooley, was born on April 21, 2005 and died Jan. 5, his family said.

He attended Trinity-Pawling School, which offered “overwhelming support, and was a huge sports fan, his family said. He and his father visited all 30 major league ballparks; he “fulfilled his dream of attending The 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France this past summer.”

“Matt’s outlook and attitude truly reflected what an inspirational young man he was. Matt was always looking at the positive side of any situation, no matter how tough things got, and it served him well throughout his cancer journey. He always persevered and considered others before himself and he never lost his sense of humor. Even when the tumor had taken away the use of his left side, he focused on what he could do, never what he could not do. This determination is reflected in him recently achieving his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 20 after being involved in scouting since the first grade,” his family said.

“We are grateful for the gift of Matt’s life and the special memories that we celebrate. Matt modeled how to live with enthusiasm and optimism, and those who knew him were touched by his empathetic, kind, thoughtful, and non-judgmental nature, as well as his sincere love of life. Matt will also be remembered for his endearing love of his dog, Sadie, and cats, Romeo and Lucifer. Matt’s soulful smile will never be forgotten and his incredible hugs will be sorely missed,” his family said.

The Dooley family thanked Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their care. Contributions in Matt’s name, they said, can be sent to Cancer Commons, “an incredible organization that is dedicated to helping patients navigate the overwhelming world of cancer treatments and clinical trials, all at no cost.”

Matthew Dooley was laid to rest last Friday at Hillside Cemetery, his family said.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com