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Gracie Norlin's former preschool classmates prepare to release balloons in her honor June 3. Norlin, who recently finished kindergarten at Riverview Elementary School, underwent surgery that day to remove a tumor. Below: Students cheer "We love Gracie" as their balloons float away.

A tribute lighter than air

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While Gracie Norlin was having surgery to remove a tumor from her kidney June 3, her former pre-school classmates were sending their good wishes into the air borne by colorful balloons.


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