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Beloved Ralston librarian battling cancer celebrates season of giving with community

Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 23:58:01-05
A Ralston children's librarian has a special wish this season of giving. Dee Huff has been battling breast cancer for six years now and she wants to make this holiday season extra special. Her wish - to spread Christmas cheer to all the children she's devoted her life work to.
 
Bundled up in hats, scarves and gloves - the holiday jingles from these Christmas carolers warmed the hearts of many at this emotional reunion for Dee Huff.
 
"I love children. To see children out here, touches my heart. My whole world is about children. They are everything. They are the future and I love you all so very much. I'm going to be fine. And even if I'm not, I'll always be with you," said Dee Huff.
 
More than 50 family and friends from the La Vista and Ralston communities gathered in front of Dee Huff's house to share a message of hope and strength as she wages her fight with breast cancer. 
 
"Time is so precious in the world today. It's the little things. You never know what's going on in a person's life. What kind of struggles - what kind of battles are going on," said Huff.
 
"I can't tell you I love having cancer. I can't tell you I love having two times of cancer.but it has taught me many things. And one thing is how precious every moment I have on this earth with you all," said Dee Huff.
 
It was an afternoon celebrating the simple joys in life. Santa made a surprise visit and there were plenty of cookies and hot cocoa to go around. Small gestures as the communities rally behind a much loved librarian. 
 
"I'm 58 years old and I can tell you this day will live with me for the rest of my life and I'm speaking for Dee on this too," said Huff.
 
Dee spent many years working with children as a public librarian in Ralston. She was honored for her work with the Mad Hatter Youth Services Award in 2014.