- Local News
The 2014 Franklin County Relay for Life Hero of Hope is Emma Brune, standing, front right. Each year, a cancer survivor or caregiver who inspires those around them is nominated as the Hero of Hope. Emma was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, or several tumors in her right eye, when she was 6 months old. After undergoing chemotherapy, laser and cryotherapy, the tumors are now dead. She has been cancer-free for eight years and will celebrate her 9th birthday in March. Emma is a student at Spring Bluff elementary. Next to her is her sister, Allie Brune. Also shown, from left, are Tom Aholt, Relay co-chair; parents, Sarah and Jamie Brune, and Wendy Wildberger, Relay chair. Missourian Photo.