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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cancer Survivor Honorary Chairman Of Wellsboro Relay For Life

Seth Higley (Bechtel)


Former Port Allegany Resident Lives To Give Back

By Valerie and Jeremy Bechtel

You may remember that in 1998 there were several articles in local newspapers telling the story of Seth Higley (Bechtel) being diagnosed with cancer. In August of 1998, just two weeks shy of Seth's 4th birthday, he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer (Burkitts Lymphoma). From there a battle for his life ensued.

Seth underwent months of chemotherapy, blood tests and other life threatening treatments. After several months at Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, Pa and numerous trips between there and home he went into remission. No one knew how long it would last. However he stayed in remission and in February of this year he was able to celebrate 10 years of cancer free living.

Thankfully there have been no adverse effects from the chemotherapy. Seth now lives with his mother (Valerie Higley Bechtel), adoptive father (Jeremy Bechtel), and 2 brothers (Isaac age 7, Jared age 6)in Wellsboro, Pa.. There Seth, now 14, just finished his freshmen year at Wellsboro High School where he gets good grades and enjoys playing baseball, football, basketball, and soccer.

Seth has been adamant about giving back to help others who are fighting their battles with cancer. One way of him doing this is through the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. He and his parents are the coordinators of their church's relay team. After 3 years of Seth being involved with the Wellsboro Relay he has been asked to be the honorary chair for the 2009 Relay. As honorary chair Seth will be giving a speech to the public to begin the start of the survivor ceremony.

Wellsboro's relay for life Event will be held Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th 10am -10am at the Wellsboro high school track. Seth's speech will be at 5pm Friday night.

Anyone wanting to read more about Seth's involvement with the relay, you can checkout his webpage at
There is also an updated story of seth on the mountain home website.
Link:
go to the July 08 issue
Story titled A Win for the Power Rangers

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully touching story. It never ceases to amaze me at how children handle even the most grueling situations. God Bless both Seth and his family.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful young man.. Inspiring story to read.