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November 5, 2012

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“This is humbling,” Christine Hawkes said. “It’s also amazing that so many of these people are not current students, yet they are offering so much support.”

Christine Hawkes said she appreciates both the financial and emotional support.

“This is a big help for Allison. She is not part of a school, but they have not left her out and feeling forgotten. They’ve kept her included. It doesn’t make her illness go away, but it makes her feel a lot better,” Christine Hawkes said. “This is a real boost for her.”

Allie was 6 when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma a recurring cancer that grows on nerve cells, which had grown to a stage 4 when it was discovered. It spread to other organs and had pressed into her kidney, which had to be removed during a nine-hour surgery. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. At 10, doctors found another cancerous tumor which went into remission without surgery.

Allie was diagnosed the third time after finishing the swimming season in 2010 with advanced treatments. While at Methuen High, she continued her studies as well as other sports and was even the co-chair of the Methuen Relay for Life.

Allie admits living with cancer is difficult.

“I’m not able to live my life, go to college or go out,” said Allie, who was to start her freshman year at Wheelock College this fall.

Known for her positive attitude, she quickly added: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe so many people came. Everyone is so supportive.”

“People being there for me, supporting me and telling me that everything is going to be okay keeps me strong,” she said.

This is not the first time Methuen has rallied for Allie and her family. In September, the Methuen School Department raised $3,629 when faculty members and staff at all the schools and administrative offices wore jeans to work for a $5 donation. The Fire Department contributed $500 and the Methuen Police Patrolmen’s Association, $250.

Residents who would like to contribute to the recovery fund, can send them to Allison Hawkes, in care of Methuen Cooperative Bank, 243 Broadway, PO Box 657, Methuen, MA 01844.

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