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VIDEO: 26-year old battling cancer takes everything in stride preparing for Kalamazoo Marathon 5k


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – When doctors told Jayni Angeli she had cancer, she knew immediately that she wanted to take matters into her own hands.

On March 4, 2013 Angeli was diagnosed with nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma which is a cancer of the lymph nodes that affects young people. Since the day of her diagnosis, Angeli has been determined to combat the disease in every way possible. A key component to the fight has been regular exercise. She has received two chemotherapy treatments, and says running has kept her energy level up.

Through her battle with cancer, Angeli has reunited with running, a sport she enjoyed in high school. After her first chemotherapy treatment, she began training for the 5k race not only to keep her energy level high, but also with the goal of running the 5k in the 2013 Kalamazoo Marathon.  

She has fought this battle with the unconditional support of close friends in Kalamazoo with her family hours away in her hometown of Iron River.

“It’s usually a fight to see who gets to take me to my chemo treatments every other Friday,” Angeli said.

Friends gathered Wednesday night at the Library Taphouse and Kitchen, where Jayni is a bartender, to watch her take the next step in her journey by shaving her head because of the effects of the chemotherapy treatments. Just as she has taken every other turn in this winding story, Angeli bravely stepped up to the chair and without a second thought watched with a smile as her long brunette hair fell to the floor. She turned the razor on one close friend giving him the same shaved head she now has.

A month after her diagnosis, Jayni Angeli will achieve the next victory when she crosses the finish line on Sunday May 5th.

Jayni is documenting her journey with battling cancer. Click here to watch her YouTube journal.

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