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Ethan Erickson sits in a wheelchair petting a fish.

Cancer patient, 12, gets one last fishing trip — at hospital

Sanford Health and state agency quickly pulled off surprise for boy & family
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 19 min read
Denise Kaeslin, a breast cancer survivor and supporter of Sanford Health's survivorship program, stands in front of a cornfield ready to be harvested.

Taking cancer survivorship care to the next level, for all

Inclusive care for cancer survivors is part of $1.8 million CDC grant
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Cancer survivor Darlene Kloeppner, seated, wears a neck brace while talking with her doctor in an exam room.

She was given 5 years to live — almost 15 years ago

Darlene Kloeppner continues to defy odds after 2005 cancer diagnosis
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David Huiskes plays cards in an infusion room while he undergoes cancer treatment. He is looking down while his opponent has her back to the camera.

Cancer survivor rings the bell to celebrate treatment’s end

'Tough it out' guy David Huiskes is grateful for quick diagnosis & treatment
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Josh Sanborn plays his guitar.

In grim leukemia battle, young man just kept going

Alarming complications cropped up, but nurses offered 'sense of community'
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Belva Leer stands, arms crossed, smiling.

Breast cancer set nurse on a mission to help others

Two-time survivor's message: 'There is life with cancer and after cancer'
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Registered nurse Lindsey Fuller gives Ken Santemaa maintenance treatment.

Dad shares struggles in fight against follicular lymphoma

'Dad Against Cancer' blogger Ken Santema writes to help others
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Physical therapy assistant Jamie Thompson works with Mataya Duvall as she swings at Sanford Bemidji Children's Therapy.

Preschooler born with cancer now works at being a kid

Coping with effects of neuroblastoma, Mataya Duvall enjoys her physical therapy
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two guys in a studio smiling

A father and son’s journey through prostate cancer

Radio personalities Ray and Mark Ricci thank early cancer screening
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Doctor Jesse Dirksen sits in an upright posture, smiling during an interview

Breast cancer surgeon Jesse Dirksen: A source of help, hope

Homegrown surgeon thinks future of care might put him out of a job someday
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 19 min read