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2009 valedictorian needs help battling lymphoma

By Kay S. Pedrotti Dinh Le, Lamar County high 2009 valedictorian and a popular figure among Barnesville’s young people, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is taking chemotherapy at Emory Hospital. His parents, Susan and E.T. Le, own Rose Nails in downtown Barnesville. Susan says Dinh is in good spirits, ‘cracking jokes,’ and occasionally praying out loud. He had a bone marrow biopsy late last week but the results are not in. Dinh, a senior at Georgia Tech, is in a five-year aerospace engineering program of study with one year left to go. On a recent visit last week, Susan said, ‘Dinh could move his fingers and send messages. When he came home, it was sad, he couldn’t even walk.’ His sister, Nga Le, a student at Oglethorpe University, posted on facebook recently: ‘Dinh officially has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The doctor said that if it could be any bad news, this would be the best bad news … he is slowly building strength back in his legs and the numbness is decreasing.’ Susan said, ‘We need everyone’s prayers, that’s the most important.’ A fund has been set up at United Bank, ‘Benefit for Dinh Le,’ for anyone who wishes to help the family with medical expenses. For information call Thelma Dumas at United Bank, 770-358-7211, or Pam Bell, 478-993-6507.

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