Wed. 7 pm: Lakeview students rally around classmate battling cancer

It’s crazy how quickly life can change. Or how swiftly purple bracelets fill school hallways.

“The day after Christmas, I had this chest pain and a red lump on my neck,” Lakeview High School senior Alexis Rygalski said.

At basketball practice, she found it hard to breathe. Her left arm went numb and she had shooting pains through the left side of her back. She had to do something she hates – sit out.

After practice, Rygalski went in for X-rays. “They called me back a couple hours later. They found a mass,” she said.

In quick succession, an MRI was followed by a biopsy, which confirmed the diagnosis – stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma. There were three tumors; the one on the chest had grown to 2 inches, she said.

Read more about how Rygalski’s classmates are helping her in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.