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After a veteran Lafayette High School employee was diagnosed with cancer, her co-workers rallied support.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After a veteran Lafayette High School employee was diagnosed with cancer, her co-workers rallied support.

Lynette Steltenpohl has worked at Lafayette for 15 years and was recently diagnosed with stage-4 Melanoma.

Her diagnosis inspired some of her co-workers to organize a fundraiser: Lafayette Loves Lynette.

Saturday, volunteers put on a garage sale, children's carnival and sold concessions to raise money for Steltenpohl. After the events at the school, a fish fry and auction were also scheduled at the Brown Bear Tavern to raise more money.

Organizers weren't that surprised by the outpouring of support.

"Lynette is just one of those ladies that would do anything for anybody," teacher Jason Guthery said. "She's helped so many and she's the type that's not going to ask for anything. So, a bunch of us kind of secretly got together, planned it out and then went to her and said, 'hey, this is what we're going to do," and here we are today."

Guthery said he was pleased to see a lot of students turn out for the event during their summer vacation. He also said donations can be sent to Lafayette High School.
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