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Community rallies behind South Sioux City, NE woman diagnosed with cancer

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Community members attended a pancake breakfast, which raised thousands of dollars that will go to Stephanie. Community members attended a pancake breakfast, which raised thousands of dollars that will go to Stephanie.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) -

More than 1,000 people came together on Saturday to show support for one woman who wears many hats.

She's a mother, a councilwoman, and a volunteer firefighter.

And, now Stephanie Dahl's a cancer patient.

"She's used to doing things for everybody. She's not handling that everybody else is doing things for her," Stephanie Dahl's Best Friend Jill Love said.

But, right now, Stephanie Dahl needs her rest. She was diagnosed with main bile duct cancer in December.

I"t's been tough because we're so used to being a family that's a go-getter and so being slowed down and having to take a step back and tend to her, cause she's always tend for all of us kids, it's sad," Stephanie Dahl's Daughter Karlie Dahl said.

Stephanie began chemotherapy in Omaha, Nebraska this past Monday.

"She'll do three mondays on and one off, and I'll be going with her every time because she would be there for me," Karlie said.

And, Karlie isn't the only one who describes her mom as always "being there for her." Stephanie is part of the South Sioux City, Nebraska City Council and fellow council members share this same sentiment.

"She's always been there. Even when she wasn't on the city council, Steph has always been there for everybody, and you can see by the number of people here, that it's her turn," South Sioux City, NE Councilman Jason Bowman said.

People lined up at the American Legion in South Sioux Saturday, to give back to a woman that's given so much. Council members, family, and friends organized a pancake breakfast, silent auction, and bake sale, to raise funds for Stephanie, as she battles several tumors in her pancreas and liver.

"She would probably be standing in the corner crying. She wouldn't be able to face all these people that are here for her," Love said.

"She knows she has that many people, but when you ask her, she can't come up with words," Karlie said.

And, Karlie said all of these people will be the ones helping Stephanie get through the treatments and stay positive as Stephanie's story continues. To follow her journey, you can visit her CaringBridge site

If you're interested in donating to support Stephanie, her friends and family have set up an account for her at Great Southern Bank at 2738 Cornhusker Drive in South Sioux City, NE. Checks can be made payable to: Stephanie Dahl Benefit Account.

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