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Kasson Woman Takes Brain Tumor Head-On at Relay For Life Fundraiser

June 16, 2019 10:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Members of St. John's Lutheran Church had a free breakfast, silent auction and bake sale in the fellowship hall after Sunday service -- and got more than just a free meal.

Jennifer Steffes, 39, was diagnosed with a Stage 2 oligodendroglioma back in April. After having several biopsies of the brain, she was informed that her tumor was inoperable, but as she shared at the fundraiser, that hasn't stopped her from living life.

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"Cancer did not seal my fate. We're all born with an end date, and we've all heard that saying that it's the dash in the middle that counts, and I think staying positive and your attitude is huge," said Steffes.

In the process of organizing a fundraising event for the Dodge County Relay for Life team, Tanya Young reached out to Steffes and asked her to speak on her experience with her recent diagnosis.

Though Steffes said she was originally hesitant, she later realized that she'd prayed for this very opportunity.

"I prayed a lot for there to be a reason behind this. For this to give me a platform to make an impact and to help other people, whatever they're going through, whether it be cancer or another hardship," said Steffes.  

Through her social media avenues, Steffes has been open and honest about her good and bad days with cancer, but she said that despite the plot twist in her life, she will have control over her own story.

"Live your life. You could die in a car accident tomorrow. None of us know, tragedies happen each and every day so cancer doesn't steal that from us."

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Jaclyn Harold

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