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Volleyball team helps Mesa's Otzen cope with mother's treatment for breast cancer

Danette Otzen, right, attends all of the Colorado Mesa home volleyball matches so she can watch her daughter, Christian, play. Having Danette — who is undergoing radiation treatment to fight breast cancer — in the stands gives Christian, a freshman outside hitter for the Mavs, a sense of peace.



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Danette Otzen, right, attends all of the Colorado Mesa home volleyball matches so she can watch her daughter, Christian, play. Having Danette — who is undergoing radiation treatment to fight breast cancer — in the stands gives Christian, a freshman outside hitter for the Mavs, a sense of peace.

Christian Otzen glances into the stands just before the first serve of every home volleyball match. “I like to know they’re there,” says the freshman outside hitter for…




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