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Students at Newport Elementary School, where Katy McElwee Stevens works as a paraprofessional, wanted her to know they were thinking of her with a large get well card that she was given last week when she returned to school for a visit while still recovering from cancer surgery. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

On the mend: School board member Katy McElwee Stevens recovering from cancer surgery

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It wasn't what she wanted to hear, but knowing that her father and aunt had colon cancer, it wasn't a surprise when a doctor told Katy McElwee Stevens that she had colon cancer.


During a colonoscopy a month ago, a tumor was discovered and was surgically removed on March 7. Appointed to the District 833 School Board in January, she missed a board meeting that night but board members paused at the end of the meeting to wish her well.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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