Race organized to benefit Billings teen with cancer

2012-03-12T16:30:00Z 2012-03-12T22:40:10Z Race organized to benefit Billings teen with cancerGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 12, 2012 4:30 pm  • 

Students and staff at Senior High have organized a race to benefit one of their classmates, 17-year-old Cassie Lorenz, who suffers from rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that affects her muscles.

A junior at Senior High, Cassie is well-known around Billings for posting a video on YouTube explaining that she has cancer and that her wish is to meet her idol, singer Justin Bieber.

Lyn McKinney, a librarian at Senior, said Cassie's Cause run will be held on March 24 at 9 a.m.

It features a 5-kilometer race and 1-mile walk beginning at Pioneer Park and is being organized by the National Honor Society and members of the student council.

"She's very, very sick again so we wanted to do this benefit run for her," said McKinney, an honor society adviser. "She had gotten real sick and was put in the hospital. She seems to have really rebounded lately though."

Numerous other students and friends are also helping with the effort, she said.

Cassie was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at age 14 and has had numerous treatments, radiation and medications since.

Registration for the event is $10 a person and the first 400 entries receive a T-shirt.

All of the money raised will be donated to a fund set up with a local bank to help Cassie's family pay for medical expenses.

For more information, call McKinney at 281-5442 or go to the Senior High website to register.

 

 

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