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Cynthia Phillips uses her modern speech device to converse with long-time caregiver Kristen Oliver.
Photo by Vivien Phillips

Originally published: 2013-03-27 17:09:20
Last modified: 2013-03-27 17:09:20

Inspiring Triumphs

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Two years ago, Cynthia Phillips served as the inspiration, figurehead and namesake for The Calendar Girls, the first team to win the Step Up for Yellow Mountain Walkathon. In last year's event, The Calendar Girls lost their fundraising title to a team of dedicated ladies from Elk River. Not content with second place, Cynthia, who is confined to a wheelchair and must communicate through a speech device due to extremely limited muscle control, is already on the fundraising path, already raising more than $700 four months in advance of the June 22 event.

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