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Harris, 12, loses fight against leukemia

Updated: January 29, 2006, 4:08 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Nikolette Harris, the Oregon girl whom college football fans rallied around last December in her fight against leukemia, died Friday in a Portland hospital after complications from a cord blood cell transplant, her family said. She was 12.

For much of her life, Nikolette battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common cancer found in children. According to the National Cancer Institute, 80 percent of children afflicted with ALL recover from the disease. Nikolette had already ...

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