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After Friday night’s football game at Meridian High, you will know who Lucy Jane was

Friends remodel home of Lynden-area family

Friends of the Duersch family remodeled the family's home south of Lynden while the family was on vacation after Lucy Duersch, 5, finished six weeks of radiation therapy for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG, a brainstem cancer. Friends are
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Friends of the Duersch family remodeled the family's home south of Lynden while the family was on vacation after Lucy Duersch, 5, finished six weeks of radiation therapy for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG, a brainstem cancer. Friends are

She came back to a remodeled home last year in October, and her smile made the tireless work on the project of some in this tight-knit community well worth it.

On Saturday, little Lucy Jane Duersch, who suffered from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, died at home. She was 6 years old.

DIPG is a rare and inoperable brainstem tumor with limited treatment options. She was diagnosed Aug. 5, 2016.

Lucy was a first-grader at Irene Reither Elementary School, so in her honor and to raise awareness about childhood cancer, Meridian School District will turn Friday night’s football game into a “Gold Out,” – gold being the color that represents Childhood Cancer Awareness.

It was in October last year when The Bellingham Herald visited with Lucy and her family, including mom and dad Vicky and Paul Duersch, about the remodel of their home, and how the Lynden community pulled together for the project.

Lucy just got done with her 6-week radiation treatment when the family, including her siblings, went on a much-needed vacation.

Paul had mentioned to a family friend about his remodel plans, and it started like wildfire soon after, with local companies and volunteers pitching in.

The unveiling of the finished home happened Oct. 8.

The family was overwhelmed with the community’s generosity – and said they will forever cherish the relationships they’ve made along the way.

“We knew to expect something but it was fun to walk in the door and just see this clean house and everything was just bright,” Vicky said last year. “For so long, our house has been dark and to just see the brightness and see the decor that someone came in and put it in for us it was just comforting and exciting.”

Services to celebrate Lucy’s life will be Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 5800 Northwest Drive in Ferndale. Other information about viewing and funeral services can be found at legacy.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made through firstgiving.com – in the comment field, write: In memory of Lucy Duersch, 100 percent to go to DIPG research.

John Mangalonzo: 360-715-2280, @JMangalonzo

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