‘After This Episode’ deals with teen cancer

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CAMAS, Wash. (KOIN) — For one night, students at Camas High School are using theatrical talent to help raise money for cancer research.

Proceeds from the one-show performance of “After This Episode” on May 3 will go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The play is a make-believe Facetime conversation between 2 characters in the play. The character Wray uses social media as her primary contact with the outside world from her hospital bed — because this play is about a high school student with cancer.

“When it really comes down to things you have to accept that this is my life now and that’s what Wray comes to the conclusion at the end of the show, that this is my life. It kind of sucks but we have to  move on,” said Chloe Higgins, who portrays Wray.

Grieving loss of freedom, mourning the loss of regular life, laughing as a way of coping through the very serious reality cancer has thrown at Wray are the topics “After This Episode” deals with.

“For me what I want people to understand is that cancer isn’t something that defines you. It’s a part of life. Bad things happen,” student Catherine Garcia said. “The way you deal with them defines who you are.”

Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba with Compass Oncology said they’re “thrilled with the partnership with Camas High School.  To help raise money that has helped develop drugs. Nineteen out of the last 21 FDA-approved blood cancer drugs were supported in their early stages by LLS.”

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