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Polo teen battling rare form of ovarian cancer

POLO – Several fundraisers are in the works for a Polo teenager battling cancer.

Kaitlyn Marschang, 16, was diagnosed right after Thanksgiving with small cell ovarian cancer, a rare and aggressive disease that mainly affects young women.

The Polo High School junior had surgery to remove a large tumor in December, and is undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

She completed six in-patient treatments Jan 2-7, and is scheduled to go back for more on Jan. 24.

Her parents, Ray and Rebecca Marschang, have taken time off work; Rebecca, in fact, is on extended leave from her job at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. She has a sister, Allissa, in seventh grade.

Several fundraisers have been held or are in progress, family friend Krista Blum said.

Team Kate T-shirts and wristbands can be ordered from Kim Gray at the high school or from Jeanette Linker at Country Financial in Polo.

A fundraiser also will be held at Polo High sports events, including Thursday’s girl’s basketball home game against Forreston.

An account also has been set up at First State Bank, 211 S. Division Ave. or P.O. Box 67, Polo IL 61064. Make checks payable to Team Kate.

A Go Fund Me account also has been established. Go to www.gofundme.com/team-kaitlyn-fundraiser to donate.

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