Teen cancer patient continues to work on her bucket list

12:38 AM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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More than 50 East Tennesseans showed up in Campbell County Saturday to help a girl battling terminal cancer strike one more task off her bucket list.

Katelyn Norman, 14, has been battling cancer for two years. She has compiled a list of activities she would like to complete before she succumbs to her illness.

One of Norman's dreams has been to ride a motorcycle. Once Gary and Deena Christian's motorcycle club, The Shepherds, heard that, they decided to help.

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"This is why we ride," said Deena Christian. "We ride to help people."

The club escorted Norman on Saturday along US 25W in Campbell County on their motorcycles. Norman, who was too weak to ride along, enjoyed the experience from her family's car.

"It just brings people close together," she said. "It's just amazing."

Katelyn's cousin, Leona Byrd said the 14-year-old is an inspiration to those around her. She said despite her physical weakness, Katelyn is always strong mentally.

"Her strength is overwhelming," she said. "She's so strong."

Katelyn also has a few other goals on her bucket list. She has always wanted to go to prom, so next Tuesday, Campbell County High School will hold one in her honor.

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