Honoring cancer survivors
SYCAMORE – One of the worst things any mother can hear is that her child has cancer. It’s even worse when your daughter is only 3 and she has a disease so rare only 1 in 5 milion children get it.
“Your whole world stops,” Asheli Mann-Lofthouse said. “But you have to be strong for your baby. ...She didn’t understand everything, just that she was sick. We were very honest with her.”
Mann-Lofthouse’s daughter, Raegan, had three surgeries in six weeks to remove the 5-pound tumor. Last weekend, Raegan, now 6, was one of the youngest cancer survivors to participate in the 17th annual Relay for Life of DeKalb County presented by KishHealth System at Sycamore High School. In the spirit that captures the entire event, Raegan, who will be tested for the rest of her life for a recurrence of the cancer, donated her hair at the biggest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
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