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Spreading holiday cheer to cancer patients

| December 21, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE – Ten members from the Teen Institute at Ridgewood High School are on their way this morning to Gabrail Cancer Center in Canton, Ohio to spread some Christmas cheer to their patients. Dressed up as Christmas packages, the teens traveled on a charter bus to the cancer center with 20 fleece blankets, 20 cancer caps, and 50 gift bags for the patients.

Michelle Stoffer, advisor for the group, has a connection with Gabrail Cancer Center. Her husband had cancer three years ago and went to Gabrail for treatment. Shelley Rentcsh of the cancer center e-mailed Stoffer and asked if they could come up and sing Christmas carols today to help brighten the holiday spirit.

Barb Williamson and Jean McVay, who is a cancer survivor herself, are secretaries at Ridgewood High School and are coming along today for the ride.

“Without them, we wouldn’t know what we were doing,” said Stoffer. “They’ve helped us every step of the way.”

The group left the school at about 9 a.m. to spread Christmas joy to cancer patients at Gabrails.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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