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Gladbrook-Reinbeck students host Mini Relay For Life

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Staff and students with the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District spent about 30 minutes walking as part of a mini Relay for Life.

"We're having our third mini Relay for Life. Three years ago, we lost a teacher. She'd been fighting cancer for 10 years," said Jane Stirler with G-R Schools.

Denean Bauer was just 28 years old when she died. The school's Relay for Life takes place every year on May 18th -- Denean's birthday. Her mom, Bev Abbott, makes a point of being at the school on this day.

"She initially started with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was in high school and beat that with radiation. Then because of the radiation, developed into breast cancer five years later. She fought that for four and a half years," said Bev Abbott.

The Relay hits even closer to home this year for many students.

"First they did lose a teacher. Second, we do have a high school student that is fighting cancer," said Stirler.

The goal is to raise money and awareness about cancer and to honor and remember Denean.

"A lot of the students won't remember her, but I want them to know about her and have a memory of her because she was such a fighter, and I want them to have that fight," said Bev Abbott.

Bev Abbott said besides being a fighter -- her daughter also had a strong faith and a positive attitude.

Abbott said the mini Relay for Life is a great way to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

Some SADD students did collect money for the event. All the money is donated to the American Cancer Society.

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