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In Loving Memory: Kelley Liljegren

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In Loving Memory:  Kelley Liljegren

  Written by Kerry Lorton Contributed by Regie Byots   ----- Editor's Note:   Tragically, Kelley passed away after we received the submission of her story that follows below.  All funds raised through her donation period will be donated to her family to help with remaining medical-related expenses.  ----- Kelley battled cancer for the third time.  In 2004, at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and have her ovaries and the lymph nodes under her right arm removed.   All together 17 lymph nodes were taken out because the cancer...

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Survivor Story: Luna Valicoff

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Survivor Story:  Luna Valicoff

    Written by Nicole Valicoff Contributed by Darlene Valicoff Tuesday morning (November 2016), Scott and I headed to the hospital.  We were so anxious and excited to meet our second daughter and begin our journey as a family of 4.   Everything was perfect with my repeat c-section and Luna James Valicoff came screaming into the world at 10:42 am weighing 7 lbs 2 oz and was 19 and 3/4 inches long.  Soon after, we quickly realized something was wrong, and she was taken to the NICU to be monitored because she was grunting and not breathing well.  The...

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Survivor Story: Penny Tingley

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Survivor Story: Penny Tingley

Written & Contributed by Penny Tingley   I have been a single mom of two children for 22 years and have never really been sick besides sinus problems or a cold.  That's why on the night of October 28th, 2016 I thought I had just caught a stomach bug.     I didn't realize how sick I really was.  I finally was able to get some sleep and woke up the next morning feeling a little better but not 100%.  We had a trip with the Girl Scouts up the river road.  When I woke up my leg was really...

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Survivor Story: Shannon Miller

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Survivor Story: Shannon Miller

  Written & Contributed by Jackie Hill-Miller   This beautiful young woman is our daughter-in-law, Shannon Miller.  She and our oldest son, Brandon, were high school sweethearts and have been together for 15 years.    Shannon was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer.  She is going to require chemo and radiation treatment at St Mary's hospital 5 days a week for at least 5 weeks.       Any other treatment will be determined by her oncologist at that point.  Up until this year, Shannon has been a homemaker to our three beautiful grandchildren and occasionally cared for friends' children as...

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Survivor Story: Marty Sussen

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Survivor Story: Marty Sussen

  Written & Contributed by Marty Sussen   My wife Kim and I have been married for 26 years.  We have a daughter a son and daughter in law.  I have worked as a boom truck driver for about 14 years now.    In October of 2015 I was having some stomach discomfort, so I went to my family doc. because it was not getting any better.  After some labs were done and finishing a round of antibiotics, I was sent for a screening colonoscopy.      It was then I was told that I had cancer.  I was referred...

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