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October 21, 2013

'Amelia' fundraiser showcases local charity spirit

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A SPECIAL MEMORY

Amelia’s treatment will be a roughly three-year process, said Jennifer Brennock, who grew up in Ellenburg Depot. 

Still undergoing active chemotherapy, the child is moving toward a maintenance period, when she will begin a schedule of low-dose treatments twice a month.

“If the cancer stays away during that time, then they consider it gone,” Brennock said.

Amelia’s mom had been hesitant about the fundraiser at first, but family friend Danielle Coon, who organized it, said she had insisted that they hold it.

“When Amelia’s an adult and she looks back, I want her to remember all the people who loved her — and not the sickness and the doctors and the nurses,” Coon said.

‘ROOTS STILL HERE’

Coon and Brennock were classmates at Northern Adirondack Central School, and Coon gathered other members of the class to help organize the event. 

McCambridge said seeing so many North Country residents gather to support Amelia and her family spoke to the charity of the region.

“Your roots are still here, and you can move miles away or countries away, but the people who care about you most are still close to home,” he said.

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HOW TO HELP

To make a donation to help with the costs of Amelia Brennock's medical treatment, contact Brenda Brown at (904)303-8664 or brennab41@gmail.com; Danielle Fuller at 563-5358 or dannilou6@yahoo.com; or Stephanie Winner at 593-4879 or stephanieLW89@yahoo.com.

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