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Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella, 14, dies

Academy of the Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella died Monday after a year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that usually affects children. She was 14.

Last September, on her 13th birthday, doctors detected cancer in Cailin's knee and femur. Her ambitions of placing at the state high school swim meet were put on hold.

Cailin went through two rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer spread. Cailin had surgery on her knee and her lungs. Her family had hoped to start a new trial in Houston, but complications with her right lung prevented the move.

The swim team rallied around Cailin. They wore yellow wristbands in her honor to raise awareness for childhood cancer. After placing second overall at the state meet, Holy Names swimmers drove to Cailin's house and presented her with the team trophy. Jaguars coach Bill Shaffer gave Cailin a medal.

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