Benefit held for Boardman girl

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A benefit was held Saturday for a Boardman girl battling a rare form of spinal cancer.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser was held at First Covenant Church for Marissa Salus, 12, who suffers with Chordoma. Salus was diagnosed in April and has already undergone two major surgeries.

Salus’ treatments are conducted in Philadelphia.

Just shy of her 13th birthday, her family and friends wanted her to feel special before she leaves for eight weeks of therapy.

“It all came on so fast and that is kind of what we are making this more a happy celebration for her instead of a benefit because this is a celebration of her,” said Marisa’s father Edward Salus.

The Make a Wish Foundation has also granted Marissa a wish of her choosing.

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