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Our view: Community rallies to support teen fighting cancer

No one fights alone.

That’s particularly true of Allie Pyle, a Sugar Grove teen who was diagnosed in November with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A freshman girls swimmer at Rosary High School in Aurora, Pyle underwent seven chemotherapy sessions at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago after her diagnosis.

Once again proving that Kane County is filled with great, caring people, the community rallied, offering Pyle and her family moral support.

But the support didn’t end there.

Knowing Pyle’s family faced significant health care costs, Sarah Fergus, a Rosary senior who also is on the swim team, organized a fundraiser that collected more than $4,000. Among the items in the fundraiser were “Team Allie” T-shirts and bracelets designed by Sign FX, a Sugar Grove company, that sold in tandem for $20. The back of the T-shirts read, “No one fights alone.”

“I never really expected anyone to do anything like that for me, so yeah, it did surprise me,” Pyle told Sports Editor Kevin Druley for a story published at KCChronicle.com on April 18. “I was really happy to see the support and stuff. And it meant a lot.”

Pyle, thankfully, is now in remission.

And Fergus, a good deed now done, is weighing collegiate swimming options.

“It makes me feel proud that I did something that, it may not be making a huge difference, but I’m making at least a little bit of a difference and making a small step toward finding a cure for cancer,” Fergus said. “It really warms my heart to hear people tell me, ‘Good job,’ and, ‘Way to go,’ and that kind of stuff.”

We echo what others have already told Fergus. Way to go.

We also applaud the entire Rosary/Sugar Grove community for stepping up to help Allie Pyle.

These are the kinds of stories that make us proud to live here.

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