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Blinn had known Marshall for more than 40 years, growing up as neighbors.

"She and I were really close; there was never a lapse in our friendship. She was a very funny lady. The woman could make me laugh," said Blinn.

Blinn said Marshall always kept a positive outlook during her battle with breast cancer.

"It's made losing someone close to us easier," said Blinn. "It softened the blow. It made a really tough experience a lot easier."

Ben Marshall said he was pleased at the number of people who turned out for the event in honor of his mother.

"I think it's really cool to see how many people cared about my mom. She was the best person in my life, most inspirational, and I'm going to miss her," he said.

The 15-year-old Schalmont High School student is currently growing out his hair to donate to Locks of Love in memory of his mother. He is unsure of how long his hair is at this point, but has been told that it is near 14-15 inches.

Although he has lost two very close people in the recent past and is currently dealing with his father being hospitalized, Ben Marshall said controlling emotions during hardship makes all the difference.

"I think it's a lot about controlling your emotions and keeping them in check," he said.

He said he wants to become a biomedical engineer and has kept a positive outlook on his future.

Interested parties may donate to the cause through the Marie Marshall Fund at Capital Communications FCU, on PayPal at MarieMarshallFund@gmail.com and by mail to Marie Marshall Fund, 710 Rock City Road, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020.

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