Family and friends of cancer patients gather to celebrate their birthday

ST. LOUIS – A large crowd gathered outside the BJC on Wednesday to help a cancer patient celebrate a very special day.

“We’re all going to look up and start screaming and waving,” said Amy Cross, the cancer patient’s friend. “We’ve asked people to wear flashing colors, everything that shows. We have people showing up with battery powered Christmas lights and everything flashing so they can see us from above.”

Family and friends made signs and lit candles to celebrate Stephanie Dunn’s birthday, even several floors away. Dunn turned 40 on Wednesday, which also marked her anniversary and the birthday of her wife Amy.

“They’ve been inside since before Christmas, before that New Year’s Eve. Stephanie’s been inside since October,” Cross said. “She couldn’t do anything.”

Dunn is battling acute leukemia, which means she spends all her time in the hospital.

“Treatment, chemotherapy, multiple bone marrow biopsies, recently received one,” said Haley Koepp, Dunn’s friend. “Unfortunately, after her last chemo treatment, the results still showed leukemia in the cells.”

Dunn’s friends call her an angel and want to give back some of the positive attitude she brings to them every day.

“I just hope they have the biggest smiles and just feel all kinds of love that gives Stephanie the spirit,” Cross said. “To keep fighting for something that’s pretty scary.”

Friends set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the couple. To donate, click here.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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