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Marian Staff Member Not Alone in Cancer Fight

Students, faculty and staff at Marian High School showed attendance office staff member Karen Brown that she is not alone in her fight with cancer. As a sign of support, the entire school surprised her on Wednesday wearing hats in her honor.

Students, faculty and staff paraded amid the bustling halls wearing hats of all types as a tribute to Brown, who has worn a hat of her own daily to school since beginning chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer earlier this year. Hard hats, chef’s hats, fedoras, stocking caps, berets, sombreros and even softball helmets were among the sampling of head gear on display. Faculty and staff incorporated Brown’s favorite color, purple, into their attire to show their support. They also presented Brown with a gift certificate to a day spa.

Brown was moved by the school’s gesture. “There is a saying that imitation is the highest form of flattery,” she laughed in her address to an all-school assembly. “In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we are told, ‘And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’ I think about that every day because you give me faith, you give me hope,” she continued. “But the fact that I can come to Marian each day and love each of you, and to have you love me back, makes what I’m going through a little easier.”

The day was a surprise to Brown, the bright and cheery face of Marian’s attendance office. She is the most visible staff member, welcoming students as they start their day and communicating with parents and visitors in contact with the school. She comes to Marian with a wealth of experience from human resources and public education.



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