Special thanks goes out to Carly Graverson for this fantastic update!
Well, FHS, there is certainly good news to share since we last reported 2015 graduate Brittany Norris’s status.
For those of you who don’t know, Brittany was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. FHS banded together to help raise money and awareness for Brittany’s family and the Saber Slate would like to continue to share this news with all of you.
First of all, Brittany was able to walk across the stage at graduation to a thunderous applause from the audience and her classmates alike. During the summer, with the help of many of you, Brittany’s story was shared in the community through a fundraiser at Culver’s, a Franklin Now segment titled “Sink or Swim,” and continued support on the Go Fund Me page (found at: http://www.gofundme.com/brittanynorris).
Most importantly though, Brittany has been fighting for her health and finding various successes. After communicating with Brittany and her mother over social media, they are proud to share that her bone marrow, lungs, and soft tissue masses are now cancer free. Brittany has been through six rounds of chemotherapy with a good response to the treatment and in the near future, she will have a bone marrow transplant using stem cells that the doctors collected from her during the summer.
While Brittany still has a long road ahead, she has been strong in her fight against cancer and the Make-A-Wish foundation has made it possible for Brittany to visit the Warner Bros. studio in London to see where all the magic behind the Harry Potter films happened. She also plans on attending Carroll University when her fight against cancer is complete.
As for now, there are still ways to help the Norris family:
- Visit the Go Fund Me page linked above to donate to Brittany’s family
- Attend the Franklin Fire Station’s spaghetti dinner on October 15 at the Polish Center of Wisconsin (tickets are available at Franklin Fire Station 1)
- Attend the Grace Lutheran Church & School’s (Menomonee Falls) fish fry dinner on October 16.