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Katie Kennedy, 13, sits on a couch with one of her family’s dogs, Scrappy, in the downstairs of her home Saturday in Craig. A benefit dinner for Kennedy, who was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant in the Centennial Mall.

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Blessings in a ‘hard time’: Benefit dinners to help Craig resident recovering from cancer

This summer may not have been what Karleen Kennedy was expecting, but she’s happy family and friends are around to support her when she needs it most. On June 16, Karleen’s 13-year-old daughter, Katie, was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma thyroid cancer, which Karleen said is more common in people ages 30 to 50, rather than someone in their early teens.


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