Spaghetti dinner held for cancer patient

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — A community gathered in Poland on Sunday to support a young woman who is battling cancer for the second time in her life.

Justine Ula was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was just 13 years old. She fought it into remission, only to learn last summer that it was back.

Her friend Mariah Groner helped to organize the spaghetti dinner that also included a basket raffle.

“This is near and dear to my heart just because I’ve seen Justine struggle through this two times in the past 23 years. The community and the businesses around the community have been a huge help,” said Groner.

This wasn’t the first time Justine’s plight has caught others’ attention. President Barack Obama told her story late last year during a speech on health care.

She reached out to the president last October to say thank you for health care coverage changes that have helped her.

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