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Community steps up to help Stewart Co. teen fight cancer

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A Middle Tennessee community has stepped up to help a Stewart County middle school student as she fights cancer.

In October, Beth Borens was the Stewart County Middle School homecoming queen.

Tonight she's at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, fighting cancer with radiation and other treatments.

It's a scary road for Borens, but she is far from alone as the entire county has rallied around her.

Some wonder if you became very, very sick, who would be there for you? For Borens, the question is who isn't.

Most school assemblies are noisy and energetic, but this one also has tears.

Borens, an eighth-grader, cheered her heart out. Now she's fighting cancer with an entire community by her side.

"When this happens, you always feel helpless," said teacher Anita Gray. "God laid it on my heart to do something."

There were ribbons and bracelets for sale, a silent auction and $5 photographs with Mrs. Tennessee to help Borens.

A beauty with a very big heart, Marlena Bohanon teaches fifth grade in nearby McEwen and has taught a cancer society.

"His mother told me, 'It's OK, momma. God's gonna take care of me,'" said Bohanon.

He had thick, healthy hair and was cancer-free two years later.

"It is tough, but he's cancer-free," said Bohanon. "Beth can get through this."

Even rival Houston County put it all aside to choreograph a special cheer for Borens.

At the end of the assembly, the kids had raised more than $3,000 and a nugget of good news.

After her first round of chemo, her tumor has been reduced 50 percent.

"She's not in this fight alone," said Gray. "We are right behind her, fighting with her, and we believe in her."

The Stewart County High School principal said SCHS stands for something else: "Show courage, help someone."

They are living up to that creed in Dover.

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