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Community shows support for local breast cancer survivor

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – The Circle Inn Bar was packed with community members on Saturday as they gathered to show their support for Crystal Dubbelde.

Dubbelde was diagnosed with breast cancer in January and is currently undergoing 12 weeks of chemotherapy.

The fundraiser was organized by Team Crystal, a group of friends and family members who have been thrilled with the support they have received from the community.

“Obviously we’ve been completely overwhelmed with the support we’ve had so far. We’ve had over 150 donations, and I think that says a lot about the people who love and support Crystal,” said Laura Doyen of Team Crystal.

Dubbelde works in the pediatric ward at the Mankato Clinic and is currently on leave due to her medical treatments.

Friends and family said raising funds was the least they could do for someone who has done so much for their community.

“She means a lot to this community, she’s helped everywhere, she’s a huge advocate for children’s mental health and therapy for children. She’s been here her whole life, so it’s just a really great community, and they came out to support her today, so she would do the same for all of us,” said organizer Mandy Kennedy.

The event held a silent auction and had live music throughout the day.

It was an opportunity to share time with friends and family, and to celebrate good news for the future.

“She is currently cancer free so we really celebrate her today and we are so proud of her. We have all been friends with her for pretty much our whole lives so we are so thrilled to support her today,” said Kennedy.

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