BENEFIT TODAY IN EAST GRAND FORKS: Baby Willow’s Lessons For Her Parents

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a NDAD archive article from 2013. Learn about the new fundraiser on Sept. 30, 2014, for Willow Marka, and how you can help, at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp or at http://www.facebook.com/ndad.nd) By Mike Brue GRAND FORKS — Cassie and Bill Marka say they’ve learned a lot about themselves and about life these past five…
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Ailing Minot Woman, Aided By NDAD: ‘Sitting Around Crying Doesn’t Get You Anywhere’

At 51, Rosemarie Shaver finds herself dealing with life-altering health issues that threaten her life, too. A fast-paced walker, the Minot woman noticed last summer that she was getting slower and increasingly short of breath. “It didn’t feel right,” recalled Shaver, a former licensed practical nurse in Texas for 23 years. She also noticed that…
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‘Mommy’s Blood Is Sick’: Benefit For Cristy Truedson Tonight In East Grand Forks, Minn.

By Mike Brue Three-year-old Kiera Truedson cannot comprehend the intricacies of either her mother and father’s month-long absence this fall or her mother’s lack of hair upon their return. Still, Cristy Truedson’s younger daughter seems to have accepted a simple explanation. “Mommy’s blood is sick.” Again. The 31-year-old Grand Forks native and East Grand Forks…
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East Grand Forks Leukemia Patient Faces Mayo Stem Cell Transplant; Benefit For Family Saturday

A few months ago, an optimistic Cristy (Dilling) Truedson of East Grand Forks, Minn., felt she had put cancer in her life’s rear-view mirror. Two years earlier, the Grand Forks native and mother of two young girls had faced acute myeloid leukemia (AML) head on at Altru Health — and turned it back. Then on Oct.…
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Forks Daycare Provider, Focus Of Sunday Benefit In Oslo, Minn., On Her Cancer Battle: ‘When I Think Of The Kids Is When I Get Upset’

By Mike Brue GRAND FORKS  Sandy Puttbrese says she didn’t shed tears when, earlier this fall, a Mayo Clinic doctor told her about the uterine cancer that had spread to her ovaries. As she recalls it, her reaction surprised the physician. “My doctor down at Mayo has never experienced a woman being told what I…
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