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Published January 30, 2013, 06:39 PM

Grand Forks Second Grader Powers Through Cancer Recovery

A local second grader diagnosed with a rare cancer just a few months ago shared her story with classmates today. 7-year-old Julia Lee told her fellow peers how her faith keeps her strong through her tough battle.

A local second grader diagnosed with a rare cancer just a few months ago shared her story with classmates today. 7-year-old Julia Lee told her fellow peers how her faith keeps her strong through her tough battle.

Julia goes to St. Michael's in Grand Forks where her mother Nicole teaches. Together the two shared how even in tough situations, their faith keeps them going. Nicole Lee, Julia's mother, "Julia's a very energetic 7-year-old." She remains that way even while going through bouts of chemotherapy. Last October Julia had a tumor removed and was diagnosed with cancer. Nicole, "They did have to go in and take out the tumor and they took out a kidney." Julia's classmates have rallied around her. Dixie Sele, Julia's teacher, "She's super missed when she's not here for her treatments but the class loves her and they're always thinking about her they're always making sure that she's ok."

And Julia's fighting spirit seems to be paying off. Julia, "I'm excited because I only have two more treatments. Nicole, "Everything has come back clear, so she was very lucky that nothing had spread. We're very confident that this treatment will be all she needs." Her teacher says the whole school is thrilled to have the redhead back in class.

Since the diagnosis, the entire St. Michael's community has held numerous fundraisers and recently bought Julia a kindle to use during her long trips to the hospital.

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