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Community rallies to support 17-year-old neighbor in Pan-Mass Challenge

In Chelmsford, friends riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge gather: (from left, front row) Patti D’Angelo, Colby Schofield, Tess Pelligrini, and Isabella Washkurak; (back row) Maureen Pelligrini, Allison Washkurak, Isabella Hoch, Tom Schofield, and Perry Gould.
In Chelmsford, friends riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge gather: (from left, front row) Patti D’Angelo, Colby Schofield, Tess Pelligrini, and Isabella Washkurak; (back row) Maureen Pelligrini, Allison Washkurak, Isabella Hoch, Tom Schofield, and Perry Gould.Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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Colby Schofield had not missed a single day of school from the time she entered kindergarten until shortly after she saw her doctor during the 2012 Thanksgiving break.

“I had swollen glands,” said Schofield, 17, of Westford, a junior at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. “We thought it was mono.”

It turned out to be cancer.

“Words can’t describe it,” said Schofield, who is in remission from Stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma — which in children is spread through lymph nodes — after six months of chemotherapy at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “Everything happened really quickly.”

Her friends, family, and community rallied around her as she recovered. This weekend, a team of 25 called Team Cycle for Colby’s Ride will be riding in her name in the Pan-Mass Challenge, having already collected over $85,ooo for the fight against cancer. Colby Schofield has raised over $19,000 herself.

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