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Published September 19, 2013, 06:29 PM

Crookston community shows support for family's cancer fight

The Crookston community turned out in numbers Thursday to support a family and their fight against cancer.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

The Crookston community turned out in numbers Thursday to support a family and their fight against cancer.

The Shanley family is raising money to help offset medical bills for their baby boy. The benefit for Max Shanley and his family started Thursday morning with a bake sale. In less than 40 minutes all the food had sold out.

The event continued throughout the day with a silent auction, food and "maximus" bracelets. Max was diagnosed with cancer in May when he was just eighth months old. A tumor the size of a large orange was growing from his spine and crushing his left lung. Max and his family have spent the summer fighting the cancer and they say the support from the community has been more than they could have asked for.

"To me it's amazing seeing people show love toward my family. Couldn't do it without the community. I mean we just couldn't. Our lives would have completely fallen apart."

Happily on August 15th, Max underwent a surgery that successfully removed 95% of the tumor. He is at home recovering with his family who are looking forward to celebrating his first birthday this Sunday.

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