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Fighting For Noemi

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Senior Noemi Magana is battling her second round of cancer. Her classmates are rallying around her to show their support in a special way.

Students, teachers, and local businesses have been coming together all week donating anywhere from a dollar to well over a hundred to go towards Noemi's medical expenses.

It started with one teacher offering to shave her head in support as Noemi goes through several rounds of chemotherapy but that quickly snowballed into something much more.

At West Carroll High School, everyone's in yellow and excitement is in the air. It's 'Fight Like Noemi' week, full of fundraising events from bake sales to dress up days, all leading up to today.

"Our main goal is to help her no matter what we do," senior Aaron McCray said. "We were going to help her no matter what we were going to do.
 
It started with teacher Candace Silvius.

When she said chemo I was thinking was it the type where she would lose her hair and she said yes, and I said, if you want me to, I'll shave my head with you," Silvius said.
    
She pledged to give up her hair if students raised one thousand dollars and in no time, six times that amount was donated.

Students met the challenge by selling raffle tickets for a chance to shave teachers' heads, t-shirts and wristbands in support. Then two others, Salinda Belander and Gina Wilkinson, also pledged to step up.

Noemi was diagnosed with cancer in 7th grade and it's been in remission until now.

"I was just surprised," senior Samantha Case said. "I felt so bad, she should not have to go through that again at all." 

Friends, family and teachers have struggled right beside her as she fights this disease.
 
"I just got done with my chemo two weeks ago," Magana said. "It's emotional, it's difficult, I see how my family suffers and just makes me wanna be that much stronger for them."
     
Noemi has missed a majority of her senior year to go through chemo but today she's back at school for this special occasion. 

And with a quick buzz of some razors three teachers and a whole school are behind her, 'Fighting Like Noemi'.