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Benefit helping Independence girl fight cancer

INDEPENDENCE (KWWL)--Doctors diagnosed Julie Jack with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma about eight months right before she was going to move to college her Freshman year.

"One in every 2 millinon people get it.  They pretty much said ‘you in the state of Iowa'... so guess I'm the lucky one," explained Julie Jack.

Since then, Jack and her family have taken many trips to the Mayo Clinc in Rochester, Minnesota for treatment.

Sunday, members of St. John's Catholic Church in Independence held a pancake breakfast and silent auction to help Julie Jack and her family pay for medical costs and other expenses.

"As a church community we felt that it was only the right thing to do to show support to her family and to Julie herself to raise some funds to help offset some costs expenses and just really to show them that people of Independence care about Julie and want to see her conquer this disease," said benefit co-coordinator Sarah Crawford.

Organizers say the benefit raised at least $10,000.

"Just seeing people come out and its... incredible... unbelieveable," said Jack.

Her most recent tests will come back Monday.  They will tell if the cancer is gone.  Julie Jack's hope is to resume classes at Wartburg in March.

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