Wachusett Storm 15-year-old Michelle Farnsworth passes away from cancer

15-year-old Wachusett Storm swimmer Michelle Farnsworth has passed away in Massachusets after a nine-month battle with cancer.

Farnsworth swam for the Wachusett Storm Swim Club of Massachusetts up until last March, when she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer also known as RMS.

Courtesy of Ethan Moran

Her swimming teammates and local community rallied behind her and her family, putting on multiple benefit events to raise money for Farnsworth’s medical costs.

Farnsworth was a fast-rising young swimmer, with best times of 25.59 in the 50 free and 56.46 in the 100 free as a 13-year-old. More importantly, she was described by friends as “an amazing person” with a “contagious positivity.” You can read a profile of her in the local school newspaper here.

The high school sophomore passed on January 13th. Her surviving family includes her brother Devin, a freshman swimmer at UMass Dartmouth and her sister Alyssa, a senior swimmer at Sacred Heart, as well as her parents John and Brenda.

The family set up a webpage taking donations to cover the cost of her medical bills and memorial service, and any further donations will go into a scholarship fund set up in Michelle’s name. You can find that page and donate here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may also be made in Michelle’s honor to Sherry’s House, an organization supporting families facing childhood cancer. You can find the Sherry’s House website here.

Courtesy of Ethan Moran

Michelle Farnsworth (right) with her teammate and close friend Mary Messina.

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UVA Mama

Very sad to hear of this. May she rest in peace and may her family find comfort with one another and with their memories.

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