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'Battle of the Badges' to support woman's brave cancer battle

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

For the past three years, Allie Speck has waged a war against her own body.

The 21-year-old Marysville woman was first diagnosed with a large tumor on her liver in 2009. Doctors discovered the tumor, which Allie nicknamed "Carl," was the size of a football.

After chemotherapy and several surgeries, "Carl" was successfully removed and Allie received the news she had been praying for: she was cancer-free.

"I feel like God has a plan in this and I've already seen that, which is really amazing," Allie said.

But her joy was short-lived. Just eight months later, she received a devastating diagnosis. The cancer was back. And it had spread.

That led to several more complicated surgeries, where doctors removed a portion of Allie's right lung.

But her spirit remained intact.

"I had a tumor the size of a football and now I have six tumors that are millimeter size so when I look at where I was and where I am now, that's a miracle," she said.

That amazing attitude is why, for the second time, first responders will hold a benefit ice hockey game to help Allie's family pay for mounting medical costs.

"She does a lot of her treatments at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, so just the travel, the lodging, the meals for her family to stay together, it really helps them with that," game organizer Mike McClurg said.

This year the game is being dubbed the "Battle of the Badges." It will feature players from Dauphin and Cumberland counties squaring off on the ice. The rivalry is intense, but their mission is the same. They simply want to help a young woman, who through her own battle, has already helped them.

"Just to see someone as young as her just stay so positive, so strong in her faith, she's our hero," McClurg said.

"It means a lot to know that everyone's still fighting for me because I'm not giving up," Allie said. "And it's nice to know they haven't given up on me."

The "Battle of the Badges" will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Twin Ponds East. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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