by Larry Little 16 year old Niocci Owens known to her friends as coco is a typical teenager. "On the weekends I like to go out to the movie and the mall," says Coco Owens. The past few months have been anything but typical for this Lufkin High sophomore, she has colon cancer. "It hurts a lot not being able to go out with your friends and go to school. I never thought that I wanted to go back to school but I do because I miss everybody having colon cancer has stopped me from doing the things I use to do," says Coco. The cancer diagnosis is also taking a toll on Coco's parents. "Anytime your daughter or one of your kids go through with something like this and they grab your hand and squeeze and say daddy I don't want to die, that's something and it's hurts real bad'" says Coco's dad, Clarence Owens. Though it's been difficult, this family believes their faith will help them overcome Coco's battle with cancer. "We are a strength to each other, but through it all we have the greatest strength from God up above who is our father," says Coco's mother, Connie Owens. "Having cancer will get you down, but it will also get you up so I wake up in the morning time and say self, I say not one day am I going to let this cancer get me down. If you ask god for a miracle he will give you a miracle, but you have to obey the doctors orders," says Coco. The family has insurance, but they have to travel to Houston for Coco's rare treatment. A fund has been set up at Bank of America to assist the family with expenses. The bank account is #005862507830 at Bank of America.