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Walk held in memory of Rice

| August 24, 2015

COSHOCTON – Stephanie Rice was a bubbly, positive young woman who passed away on Dec. 10, 2012 from aplastic anemia.

“Even in the hospital, she was very upbeat and positive,” said Joelle Milligan. “She never let you see it bothered her.”

Milligan was one of five close friends of Stephanie and organizer of Steph’s Avengers: Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk at Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 22. This was the first year for the walk and approximately 50 people came out to support Stephanie’s friends and family.

Aplastic anemia is when the bone marrow fails and the only cure is a bone marrow transplant. The money raised from this run went to fund research for a cure and to support people who are affected by the disease.

“My favorite part about Stephanie was her laugh,” said Kace Hutchison, a friend of Stephanie.

Susan Rice, Stephanie’s mother, was also at the event. She remembers Stephanie as a person who loved to spend time with friends, listen to music, and race 4-wheelers. She said her passion was music and she had been accepted into the Musician Institute in Los Angeles, California to be a musical engineer.

She was thankful of the 5k that Stephanie’s friends had planned in her memory.

“It shows the support system around her,” she said. “They were always together, and they were a very close-knit group of friends. There are very few pictures where they’re not all together.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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