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Young Cancer Patient: 'I Have Never Once Been Afraid of My Diagnosis'

August 17th, 2017

Young Cancer Patient: ‘I Have Never Once Been Afraid of My Diagnosis’

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At just 21 years old, Kelly Leibold heads up the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, promoting businesses and events in her hometown. But Kelly’s job is hardly the most impressive achievement of her young life. That, we think it’s fair to say, would instead be the incredible way she has handled a diagnosis of medulloblastoma.

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Tags: Chemotherapy, Medulloblastoma, Proton Beam Therapy


Helping Pediatric Patients Round Third, Head for Home in Fight Against Cancer

August 15th, 2017

Helping Pediatric Patients Round Third, Head for Home in Fight Against Cancer

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Four-year-old Knox Olafson was recently given the opportunity to run the bases at Target Field, thanks to Brighter Tomorrows. His trek around the bases stole the hearts of those who got to witness it.

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Tags: Osteosarcoma, rotationplasty


For Glen Campbell and Other Alzheimer's Patients, Music Can Be Good Medicine

August 15th, 2017

For Glen Campbell and Other Alzheimer’s Patients, Music Can Be Good Medicine

By In the Loop intheloop

When legendary musician Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he decided to keep performing. And that likely helped Campbell and his family weather the disease. 

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Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Dr. Ronald Petersen


Saying Goodbye to Gene's 'Big Dumb Kidneys'

August 10th, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Gene’s ‘Big Dumb Kidneys’

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Gene Okun has kidney disease, which is obviously no laughing matter. His journey to finding a living donor, however, is something he’s been able to find humor in for the benefit of others.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Dr. Vicente Torres, Kidney transplant, Polycystic Kidney Disease


1,000 Miles to Meet, Thank Her Donor

August 8th, 2017

1,000 Miles to Meet, Thank Her Donor

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Two years ago, Peter Favilla donated bone marrow to help save the life of Michelle Hayes, whom he’d never met. This summer, Michelle and her husband drove from Texas to Minnesota to thank Peter in person.

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Tags: Bone Marrow Transplant, Dr. William Hogan, Leukemia


From No-Hope to Relief From Long-Term Pain

August 3rd, 2017

From No-Hope to Relief From Long-Term Pain

By In the Loop intheloop

For a decade, David Roberts lived with chronic pain and no options for relief. Then he enrolled in Mayo Clinic’s three-week pain management program.

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Tags: Pain Rehabilitation Center


After Cancer Diagnosis, Twins Find a New Connection

August 1st, 2017

After Cancer Diagnosis, Twins Find a New Connection

By In the Loop intheloop

At just 11 years old, Jack Vold needed a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately his twin sister, Kaylie, turned out to be a perfect match. And now the duo is closer than ever.

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Tags: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant


Daughter's Transplant Experience Inspires Mother to Work for Mayo Clinic

July 27th, 2017

Daughter’s Transplant Experience Inspires Mother to Work for Mayo Clinic

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It was a Friday in late April when Lindsey Hale made a phone call that would change the course of her life — and her daughter Jesslynn’s life — forever.

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Tags: heart transplant


No. 1 Fan Scores Meet-and-Greet With Luke Bryan, Courtesy of Fan Club of Her Own

July 25th, 2017

No. 1 Fan Scores Meet-and-Greet With Luke Bryan, Courtesy of Fan Club of Her Own

By In the Loop intheloop

When Luke Bryan took the stage at Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Saturday night, the best seats in the house weren’t in front of the stage. They were on it. Just ask Jennie Geurts, who watched the concert from there. “It was the best time of my life,” Jennie tells us of […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Urology


Mayo Neurosurgeon Writes Foreword for Patient's Autobiography

July 25th, 2017

Mayo Neurosurgeon Writes Foreword for Patient’s Autobiography

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In 1996, 22-year-old Joe Oppold had the world by the tail. He’d just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was at home in Waterloo, Iowa, preparing to set off and make his mark. Two weeks later, however, Joe began experiencing an increasingly severe headache. “It was very, very painful,” he tells […]

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Tags: Cerebral aneursym, Dr. David Piepgras


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