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Award recognizes courage in those who battle life-threatening illnesses
by: Michael Schoenholtz, West Linn's Olivia Trueb is a Children's Cancer Society 2012 Community Hero.

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Trueb of West Linn, who is battling common variable immune deficiency, has been named a 2012 Community Hero by the Children's Cancer Association (CCA). She was nominated and selected for the award because of her exceptional courage, wisdom and grace in the face of serious medical challenges.

Trueb was named a hero because she lives life to the fullest, always smiling, never giving up and meeting every challenge with a positive attitude, according to the CCA.

'She sees her illness as an opportunity that has been given to her and she makes the best of it,' Trueb's mom, Jana, said of her heroism.

CCA announces its list of Community Heroes - a group of 26 children and teens in Oregon and Southwest Washington who have fought life-threatening illness with strength and character - annually at a Portland-based private event. These heroes are honored and celebrated throughout the next 12 months with a Wall of Courage - a traveling display featuring portraits of each honoree. The wall celebrates the remarkable achievements of each her, and serves as inspiration for everyone who visits this display.

This year's heroes and the Wall of Courage will be revealed May 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry at a private event for heroes and their families.

Community Heroes are selected from a group of 100 children and teens nominated by local medical professionals and represent a diverse group in terms of age, ethnicity and diagnosis. The CCA, based in Portland, created the award and manages the program.

For more information about the Children's Cancer Association, call 503-244-3141 or visit JoyRx.org.

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