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T-Bone classic relocates to Saratoga to aid Valley teen with chronic illness


Photo courtesy Katie Russell

In her lifetime, Katie Russell has been diagnosed with both ITP and lupus.

"Other kids that live with their grandparents are able to help a lot more. One of my main chores is getting (fire)wood and it takes me maybe 15-30 minutes and, afterwards, I'll be in so much pain and just being able to help her has been a lot harder than it should be, at my age." 

For many people, life presents challenges at different times in their life. When it comes to 17-year-old Katie Russell, those challenges have been present since the fourth grade and continue today with two different chronic illnesses. Katie, who lives with her grandmother, Beverly "Bev" Russell, was diagnosed wit...

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