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A Vale student follows her passions with a life-saving senior project

From left, Betty Duncan, Barbara Ray, Baylee Tolman and Sharon Mahan pose for a photo at the Vale Senior Citizens Center. (Photo courtesy of Baylee Tolman)

VALE — Baylee Tolman was 12 when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011. 

For the next five years, Tolman stood by her mother, Lisa Ann Tolman, with unwavering support. She would accompany her at doctor appointments, go with her to treatments and spend nights with her at the hospital. 

But the cancer spread. 

Tolman’s mother died at home four and a half years later at the age of 44. 

During her mother’s battle with cancer, Tolman developed a deep love for the nurses and nursing assistants who took care and made sure her mother was as comfortable as possible during hospital stays. Their . . .