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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 1B I INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL. OiINIONS" UPCOMtNG E ENTS .... A superhero cake, crafted by local baker Traci Downey, awaits cutting~during Quincy Petersen's end-of-chemo party held at Pangaea Nov. 22. Photos by Debra Moore Quincy Petersen and her older brother Carter, celebrate winning their battle against Quincy's cancer, with a superhero party complete with costumes, capes and face painting Nov. 22. In this year's Relay for Life, Team Quincy wore T-shirts with the motto: "Supporting Warrior Princesses and Super Heroes in Their Fight Against Childhood Cancer." with a s Debra Moore Staff Wr.iter dmoore@plumasnews.com earing a tiara wasn't mandatory for admission, but it was encouraged. and partygoers didn't disappoint. Those who gathered for Quincy Petersen's end-of-chemo party Nov. 22 honored the Warrior Princess by donning glittering headpieces, capes and superhero costumes. At the center of the festivities was Quincy, celebrating with her friends and family after completing two-plus years of grueling cancer treatment. A few days before her party, Quincy sipped a large mug of hot chocolate with a generous dollop of whip cream and, along with her mom, Dante Meyer, looked back at the time since her diagnosis and ahead to the future. What's the best part of being done with chemotherapy? "I get to eat popcorn on movie night," Quincy said, without hesitation. Quincy's nightly round of medication meant no snacking after 6 p.m., so on Friday evenings (also known as family movie night) she couldn't eat popcorn. Thursday, Nov. 18, all of that came to an end after Quincy took her final oral chemo dose. Her last intravenous chemo occurred in September. In honor of her final chemo treatment, Quincy also received the honor of selecting the night's movie "Tinkerbell" of course. The movie choice alternates between Quincy and her older brother, 7-year-old Carter. Sunday's party also honored Carter, who has supported Quincy throughout her cancer fight, even when that meant a prolonged separation. . When Quincy was first diagnosed with leukemia, the family had been living in Malaysia where Dante and her husband, Richard, taught at the International School. 'Immediately following her diagnosis, Dante and Quincy eturned to the United States where Quincy received care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and Carter remained in Malaysia with his father, since the family needed the income and the medical insurance. "Leaving dad and Carter in Malaysia when we first had to leave was really hard," Dante said, and Quincy nodded in agreement. But watching her daughter endure her treatments was perhaps the most difficult. "Any time you were in pain and I couldn't make it go away ..." Dante remembered. Children in costumeS, capes and tiaras celebrate ~Quincy Petersen's last chemo treatment during a party at Pangaea on Nov. 22. Photo submitted "Olive the Clown," more Even though Quincy Petersen has commonly known as Julie completed chemo treatments for Douglas, who is Dante her leukemia, it will be a few years Meyer's best friend from high before she is considered to be in school, entertains Meyer's remission. And Quincy will continue daughter, Quincy Petersen, far to raise money for the fight against right, and her friend Jakodi childhood cancers. Her beads are for sale at Carey Candy Co./Bell Lane Gallagher. Douglas lives in Baked Goods in Quincy. Photo by Alameda and entertains children in Bay Area hospitals. Debra Moore Photo submitted She is hopeful those days are behind them, but even though Quincy has completed her chemo regimen, she still has years of tests and doctors appointments ahead of her. Quincy will have blood tests once a month for a year and quarterly visits to her doctors at UCSF. Then the blood draws will become quarterly and the doctors' visits every six months. It'll take three years for Quincy to be considered in remission and then doctors will focus on the long-term effects that the chemo could cause. "Hopefully the effects will be minimal," Dante said. Because chemo can affect the heart, Quincy will be monitored carefully. The cure rate for Quincy's cancer is 90 percent, but the fact that she has h~d it makes her more susceptible t~ other cancers. Dante chooses not to worry about that. "I just need to believe that this is it," Dante said. And the family is making plans for the future that don't center around chemotherapy. In August, they will move to Oman, where Dante's husband will serve as the principal of the International High School. "We want to be back together as a family," Dante said. "And this is who we are; we love to travel and live in other countries." And Quincy seems ready to get on with her life as well. "I feel fantastic and excited," she said. A magician (Quincy Petersen's grandfather Donald Gasser) entertains the children at Quincy's celebration Nov. 22. Danielle Frid applies face paint to 7-year-old Carter Petersen. The children who attended the end-of-chemo party for Carter's little sister, Quincy, kept Frid busy all afternoon.