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Medical Edge: Julies Fight raising lung cancer awareness

Updated: Sunday, August 17 2014, 08:30 PM EDT
NORWOOD, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- A family from Norwood is asking for your help to keep their mother's memory alive.
 
It wasn't uncommon for Maria Peace to put out signs letting her mom know how much she was loved. Her mom, Juile, was diagnosed with cancer years ago and she knew every day was a gift.

Maria said of the cancer, "Her first occurrence was about 14 years ago and it was for Hodgkin Lymphoma."
 
This past year when the cancer returned in her lungs, her family even shaved their own heads to support Julie's hair loss in treatment. The goal of course was to celebrate her life and make her feel incredibly special.  Those celebrations are pretty treasured right now because they lost their mom on January 31st.  But it was important to them that her memory live on, so this week they are celebrating with Julie's Fight.

"My mom was a fighter, she fought her whole life, and had a lot of struggles and always seemed to make the best of it," Maria said.
 
Julie's Fight is a fundraiser on Saturday at the Norwood Community Center.  It's a night of food, music and raffles to raise money to help a Norwood High School student go to college.
 
Julie graduated from Norwood High saying, "My mom spent the bulk of her life always wanting to help people, so I put a scholarship in her name that is renewable and permanent. So every year I will throw a benefit to add to that and cut a check to the recipient."
 
Maria says it's important that her mom's fighting spirit lives on, she was just 54-years-old when she died.

Maria continued, "She's still able to help someone with their future, from basically up in heaven, I am also coaching softball team named Julie's Angels."
 
Julie's Angels is a team Maria says is sure to be a success because Julie's attitude wasn't just about winning but beating the odds when the hits just keep coming.
 
The Julie's Fight Memorial Benefit is Saturday, April 12th at 6 p.m. at the Norwood Community Center on Cortland Avenue. Tickets are 25 dollars, which includes food, drinks, live music and supports the scholarship fund.



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