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Mud Bog raises money for local teen with cancer

By Frankie Jupiter, fjupiter@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 24 2013 07:52:01 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 24 2013 07:55:39 PM EDT

While most 19 year olds are starting to move out on their own, one local teen is facing a different situation.

GOODVIEW, Va. -

19-year-old Heather Norville started to lose weight drastically and she didn't know why. She later found out she had brain cancer, but it's a battle she's not fighting alone.

"I want to take her pain. If it could be me, I would rather it be me," said mother, Sara Norville.

The Outlaw Mudboggin Club is taking this particular motorsport event and using the proceeds to help Heather, who's battling low grade astrocytic neoplasm, brain tumors.

"It's scary, especially when, we were looking for answers, never could get any right answer; couldn't any further testing," said sister, Hillary Neighbors.

Family members say a misdiagnosis missed the disease but that's about to change. Heather is going for specialized treatment to remove the tumor on her brain and spine at Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute.

"The upcoming treatment is proton radiation; it's a higher dose radiation where they will use pretty much like laser beams that will be directed straight to the tumor with little to no side effects on the surrounding tissue,” said Neighbors.

Heather was all smiles at the event; she says she's feeling good, especially with all the love and support from friends and family. Though young, she has a message for those who maybe in her situation.

“Don't lose hope, just keep praying and don't give up, be strong, fight fight fight,” said Heather.

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