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Jennifer Rathbone places a gold ribbon on the Childhood Cancer Awareness Christmas Tree her family setup in front of their Schenectady home. The tree is in honor of her daughter, Ila Jean, who died last year.

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‘Warriors and angels’ grace these greens

Local family starts Childhood Cancer Awareness tree in honor of daughter

About 200 gold ribbons adorn a tree in front of Jennifer Rathbone’s home on Campbell Avenue in Schenectady. The Christmas tree stands more than 10 feet tall and shines brightly alongside the busy street, as lights illuminate the golden ribbons that each hold a different child’s name honoring the “warriors and angels” of childhood cancer.


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