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Published September 08, 2011, 10:29 PM

GF Mayor Honors Ali Borgen on 'Smile Wide Day'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) -At the September 6 City Council meeting, the mayor of Grand Forks recognized a little girl who captured the hearts of many in the area and told them to smile wide everyday.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) -At the September 6 City Council meeting, the mayor of Grand Forks recognized a little girl who captured the hearts of many in the area and told them to smile wide everyday.

Mayor Michael Brown honored Ali Borgen and Smile Wide Day. Brown reminded everyone smiley faces were her trademark.

Ali's four year battle with leukemia ended in January.

Smile Wide Day falls on September 5th, Borgen's birthday.

Ali would have been 15 this year.

Brown also declared September as childhood cancer awareness month in Grand Forks.

"Every year, three children are diagnosed with cancer in Grand Forks and in Grand Forks county. Grand Forks recognizes the devastating effects cancer has on children and their families in the city, and encourages awareness and discovering a cure so we can reach a tomorrow where all our children can reach full and healthy lives," said Brown.

Before she died, Ali raised more than $14,000 to help fight childhood cancer.

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