Austintown students honor 4th-grader with cancer

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University took on Oakland Friday in baseball at Eastwood Field in Niles.

In the stands were students from Austintown Intermediate School to support one of their friends with cancer, and to watch some heads get shaved.

The day at Eastwood Field ended with a hug and a smile. Austintown 4th-grader Emily Orlaski, who has kidney cancer, was posing with her teacher Lisa Fitzgerald.

“Maybe two weeks into the school year, Emily got diagnosed with cancer. She lost her kidney and had to go eight months with radiation and chemo,” Fitzgerald said.

Before Fitzgerald donned her hat, she sat atop the home team dugout to get her head shaved. It was her idea: Raise $5,000 and she would be shaved; Another $5,000 and Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca and Principal Jeff Swavel would shave their heads, too.

The goal was met.

“It feels pretty good actually,” Fitzgerald…

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