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The Strength of Family

"He's had this big news where there's a wonderful improvement. In the last blood they took, they don't see cancer in his blood anymore. He still has to finish treatments but this is a wonderful sign," said Mahoney.

To see the community's unwavering and enormous support can only be summed up in one word, said Matthew Shell: overwhelming.

"It's great and it never ends. There's always something people are doing to show their support and usually it's not just one person but large groups of people that want Jacob to get better and want to see him succeed," said Matthew Shell. "We're just real happy and pleased that people want to take the time to help us out. It means a lot and especially that Jacob knows people are behind him."

He said the meaning behind an overnight walk is a "great idea" and he's confident it will be a "first class event."

The ShellStrong Stroll will have food, music and other activities throughout the night. Teams must register to walk but there are other ways to support, like donating funds, sponsoring a team, offering corporate sponsorships, purchasing luminary bags for $10 or donating items for the event. Event forms are available at www.shellstrongstroll.com.

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