Nicolaus Bell arranges photographs of his grandmother — in honor of whom Bell’s family’s team was named “Team Grammie” — Saturday during Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Attendees raise funds for cause that’s personal to many
Six years ago Cecilia Sample-Bergren was diagnosed with brain cancer.
At 4 years old, Cecilia went through chemotherapy and radiation. She had a stem cell transplant and was quarantined for nearly a month. Now, at 12 years old, Cecilia still goes for annual checkups, but she is currently cancer free, said her grandmother Kelly Larson.
“Because of Relay and the things they do, we still have her,” Larson said.
Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” blared from the loudspeakers as Cecilia, breast cancer survivor Olinda Prokupek and skin cancer survivor Donna Fennell led the first lap of this year’s Relay for Life on Saturday. With nearly 50 cancer survivors clad in purple T-shirts behind them, the trio held the survivor banner as they made their way around the track at Del Norte High School.
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