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Published May 08, 2013, 10:05 PM

Moorhead student's story gives meaning to school's first ever cancer fundraiser

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Students at Moorhead High School are preparing for their first ever "cancer-fighting-fundraiser."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Students at Moorhead High School are preparing for their first ever "cancer-fighting-fundraiser."

And it is not just the fact students are planning a "Relay for Life" Friday Night, but the inspirational story and face behind it.

Kylee Seljevold and her Relay for Life crew at Moorhead High are selling a cancer cure: luminary bags for the school's first ever set for Friday night.

But the story behind Kylee's effort to plan and host this Relay for Life goes back to when she was born. At just two weeks old, doctors found cancer.

Kylee Seljevold, Moorhead High Student: “I had surgery to take part of my liver and hip bone. Since I was a year and a half I’ve been cancer free.”

She has been cancer free since. But after watching family battle cancer, she and her friends decided it would be Moorhead High that would lead young people into the upcoming Friday Night Lights of luminary bags and the relay for life.

Seljevold: “I feel really blessed, because I feel lucky and everything so it is cool because I can go and tell others my story and I can have an impact on people.”

It has taken months of planning, prizes, silent auction items, music, volunteer recruiting, but all for a few hours of walking for those honored and remembered.

Hannah Emery, Moorhead High Student: “I think everyone has been touched and that is why. Everyone can be affected by it.”

The Moorhead High Relay for Life starts at 6:00 Friday night at the field house between the high school and the sports center. It runs through midnight.