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Courtney LaFerle went to her doctor for an annual physical in June, not expecting any surprises. Even when her doctor found a small lump in her throat, LaFerle still figured it would be fine. The Elgin native and Larkin High School grad has no history of thyroid cancer in her family, she's only 27 years old and she's a healthy athlete. But on June 26, LaFerle got the call. Her tumor was malignant. The softball community, of which LaFerle has been a dedicated member for years, has jumped to support her and raise money to cover her medical bills.