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Mother and daughter who beat cancer set to be in the Rose Bowl parade

Both Edie and Elizabeth Gilger are going to be sharing their stories with the world at the Rose Bowl parade. (Source: Gilger Family) Both Edie and Elizabeth Gilger are going to be sharing their stories with the world at the Rose Bowl parade. (Source: Gilger Family)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A Lexington County mother and daughter who battled the same type of cancer are finally cancer-free.

They're now sharing their story with the rest of the world, hoping to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the importance of research and funding.

When Edie Gilger first started feeling unwell, her mother and father thought it would be a normal trip to the doctor. But that's when the unexpected came

"We think your daughter may have cancer, wait for the hospital to call you and we will go from there. You can't be ready for that, there's no, there’s nothing in life that has prepared you for that," Edie's father, Nick Gilger said. 

12 rounds of chemo, six surgeries, relapse, and countless doctor appointments later, Edie was declared cancer free after she was put on a trial drug – research that was partially funded by Northwestern Mutual.

"We thought we were settled and, you know, we could move on and start a new normal," Nick said. 

Then, the unthinkable happened. Her mother Emily was diagnosed with the same type of cancer – neuroblastoma.

Now the family is taking that story and sharing it with the world at the Rose Bowl parade.

"I grew up watching the Rose bowl, watching the Rose Bowl parade. And the fact that Northwestern Mutual has given us this opportunity, you know, once in a lifetime. That's not even enough to say about it," Nick said. 

They Gilger family will be riding on a float inspired by Edie and their message.

"Funding research is the most important thing. It is what has really given me my family because without the research, you know, we don't know how things would be," Nick said. 

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