Symmes Valley freshman fights cancer, hopes to cheer again

[image] Symmes Valley freshman cheerleader, Ashley Dennison

Freshmen year at high school is difficult enough for students to adjust to.  Missing time due to illness can add to the frustration.

For Symmes Valley freshman, Ashley Dennison, she has been spending most of her school year at home as she goes through chemotherapy for a tumor.

On Thursday, she visited the high school during school hours to see some of her friends and teachers for the first time since the opening week of school.

"It's wonderful to see her smile and with her friends," said Ashley's mother, Melissa Dennison.

The tumor was removed on her kidney.  Now, every Thursday evening the Dennison's travel three and a half hours to Cincinnati for chemotherapy treatments on Friday mornings.  That means she misses her favorite activity, cheering on Friday nights.

If all goes well with Ashley's treatment, the goal is to have her on the sidelines in time for the Oct. 4 homecoming game.

"I'm going to be there no matter what," said Symmes Valley cheerleader, Ashley Dennison.

There is still hope Ashley will be back in time for basketball season.  On the Friday, Sept. 13 home game, the school raised more than $5,000 dollars at a bean dinner.  If you would like to help the family in anyway, you can contact Melissa Dennison.  She can be reached at

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