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SAUGUS CLOTHING SHOP PAYS TRIBUTE TO CANCER VICTIM WITH WINDOW DISPLAY.

Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Daily News Staff Writer

The storybook wedding gown in the window at the Discovery Shop is not for sale. Rather, the flowing white dress with its tiny, pink appliqued flowers is part of a tribute to the bride who wore it just months before she died.

On Wednesday, workers created a bridal scene using Katiey Kelin's gown as its centerpiece, window dressing for a store that raises money for research to help cancer patients like Kelin.

The purple formal gowns on mannequins flanking the bride - and more than 200 dresses and 16 pairs of dress shoes inside the shop - are for sale at rock-bottom prices, thanks to a local boutique that donated the dresses to the Discovery Shop in Kelin's name.

``This is wonderful,'' said Kelin's mother, Nancy Krogstad. ``There were a lot of times in Katiey's growing-up years that I had to say, `We can't afford this' or `I'll have to make this dress.' And Katiey was very, very understanding.

``Now, the idea that dresses are being made available for young girls just before Christmas would thrill her,'' she said.

Kelin, who lived in Canyon Country, was 21 when she died Aug. 22 of complications from the aggressive treatment of an advanced case of Hodgkin's disease, Krogstad said.

Her cancer was diagnosed just six days after her Nov. 10, 1996, wedding to Charles Kelin. That ceremony was a private one; however, the couple renewed their vows in June with all the traditional finery, including the Cruz's Boutique and Bridal shop gown now in the Discovery Shop window.

``She was feeling great that day,'' her mother said. ``She was so beautiful.''

Volunteers created the window display at the Discovery Shop, a boutique run by the American Cancer Society that sells ``gently used'' finer clothing and miscellaneous items.

The Cruz's dresses and shoes, however, have not been worn. Some had original prices tags in the $300-and-higher range and are being sold for $30 to $60 at Discovery, store manager Joan Boyd said. The dresses are formal - taffeta, sequins, silks and lames in shimmery shades and basic black.

The grieving mother described her daughter as ``the most independent person in the world.

``When she got sick, when I wanted to hover over her, she didn't want me to,'' Krogstad said. ``She never once felt that she was going to die of cancer. She went ahead and lived her life to the very fullest.''

Kelin's corneas were transplanted and her body donated for research.

``You're never ready to lose your 21-year-old daughter, but because of Katiey someone can see, because of the machine she was on and the limits they pushed it to, we were told they learned enough to help hundreds of people,'' Krogstad said.

``Charlie allowed an autopsy and they said hundreds of people may be saved because of what they learned from that.''

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Photo: (Color) Pat Robinson, left, and Judy Plese set up a display at the Discovery Shop.

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