Peoria soccer supports Dunlap’s Tessa Sutton in battle with cancer

Tessa Sutton showed her fighting spirit last year when the Dunlap soccer player was diagnosed with cancer in late May, just as the high school season was nearing a finish.

The 16-year-old sophomore is tapping into that determination yet again.

Sutton missed the end of last season, but was attempting to get back on the field in March when she finished treatment. She was back in school this year, attending practices and even had hopes of playing in a game for the Eagles, who are 14-2-2 as the regular season winds down.

But a few weeks ago, Sutton’s cancer was rediscovered and she continues to battle a malignant chest wall tumor. She is recovering from surgery and continues to receive treatment from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and in Peoria.

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