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Good Luck Ali Nowotny
Ali Nowotny, center, gets some help dying her hair from her friends and dance teammates Rachel Massopust, right, and Secily Seljeskog, left, at Nowotny's home on Wednesday evening Nov. 19. As Nowotny's surgery date approaches, every few weeks she cuts and dyes her hair before she will eventually have to shave most of it off. (Photo by Kristina Barker, Journal staff)

Ali Nowotny, a 17-year-old senior at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, will be undergoing a pair of surgeries this week at the Mayor Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Ali has a tumor in her left temporal lobe, the part of the brain connected to memory.

Doctors believe it is benign, but they can't say for sure until they remove it. The hope is that surgeons can remove the tumor without touching Ali's memory center, where the tumor is located.

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Ali and her father, Craig Nowotny, left Rapid City for Rochester on Tuesday.

The Journal invites readers to share well wishes with Ali and hope for a speedy recovery. Simply use the Rapid Reply feature below to leave your greeting and/or well wishes.

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