By NECIA P. SEAMONSÂ
Citizen staff writer
Preston High School senior Kelli Alvey is hosting a trap shoot on Sept. 7 to raise funds for the Childrenâ€™s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation.
The event is her senior project and will be held at the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, 2851 W. 200 N., in Logan at 9 a.m.
Alveyâ€™s interest in helping the foundation stems from her own survival of the disease, which she was born with. By the time she was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma cancer at the tender age of six weeks, the cancer had spread to her liver and stomach, said Alvey.
She underwent powerful chemotherapy treatments five days in a row every three weeks for a year, as well as surgeries.
â€śMy last surgery was on my first birthday,â€ť said the tall, blond young lady. During that surgery doctors scraped cancer cells off the tiny organs of her abdomen.
â€śChildren who are over the age of one, and still have the disease, only have a five percent survival rate,â€ť she said with a slight lisp, a side affect of hearing loss caused by one of the powerful drugs used to treat the cancer.
Another drug that helped her survive also made her susceptible to developing leukemia. Her parents, Kellan and Adrienne, worried about that with regular doctor visits until she was 10 years old.
At that time physicians at Primary Childrenâ€™s Hospital said she had been cancer-free long enough that their concerns about cancer were over.
Kelli decided to hold the trap shoot next week in honor of September being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Trap shooting became the young womanâ€™s hobby as a natural outgrowth of spending time with her father.
â€śIâ€™ve always loved going shooting with my dad and a I got really into it (trap shooting) over the last two years. I love to do it.â€ť
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