After a difficult few years, 16-year-old Brittany Dvorak says she’s ready to celebrate her return to being a normal teenager. Her life since October 2008 has revolved around blood tests, a grueling chemotherapy schedule and frequent visits to specialists as she battled leukemia.
Cancer is one player Brittany Dvorak doesn’t want on her team.
So, the 15-year-old honorary chairwoman of the 2010 Relay for Life of Grand Forks has worked hard the past few months to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Proceeds from Relay for Life go to cancer research and education. Last year, the event in Grand Forks raised about $146,000.
Scott Dvorak said his daughter Brittany, 15, recently was notified by the foundation that her wish was granted to take a family cruise and swim with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The weeklong vacation was scheduled to begin on Valentine’s Day.
A Grand Forks teenager who has battled leukemia since 2008 soon will be swimming with dolphins and enjoying Mexico’s warm weather, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Brittany Dvorak said she had two ideas when asked what she most wanted to do: Take a family vacation on a cruise ship or see a Broadway play.
Brittany Dvorak, who was diagnosed with leukemia in late 2008, seeks normalcy As of Thursday afternoon, 73 teams with 1,027 individuals were registered to take part in the Grand Forks County Relay for Life event, according to the local Relay For Life Web site.
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