Sarcoma Memorial Stories

Nicole Anderson

My sister Nicole Anderson was very sick and had multiple health issues that turned out to be connected by one unruly problem. We all asked why she was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma in June of 2013.

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Julian Baultrippe

Julian Baultrippe was born Oct. 30, 1987, St. Paul, Minn. - the year the Twins won their first World Series. Baseball, however, did not become Julian’s favorite sport. He preferred football and basketball instead, and played throughout his formative years in community leagues and also at Harding High School.

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Richard Berqual

In the early 2000’s Richard Berqual found a small lump about the size of a pea in his arm that was initially diagnosed as a blood clot. He was put on blood thinners, but the lump stayed. Eventually, the lump increased in size.

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Doug Brame

Our son Doug passed away June 22,1984, from Osteogenic Sarcoma after a three-year battle with the disease at the U of M Children’s Hospital. It was discovered right after his 16th birthday party, after much pain in the shoulder area as he was a great golfer at 16 years old.

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Hallie Anne Brown

Hallie was born November 16, 1996 to Kathryn and Todd Brown. Early in her life she showed precocious athleticism. By age 6 she was able to do a front handspring followed by a back flip. But soccer became her love and she was very good. In fact the symptoms of her illness began the day of the first ninth grade soccer practice in the spring of 2012.

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Bill Clemens

Bill’s love of life shined through in his humor in everyday situations and his generous spirit. Throughout his life, when something piqued Bill’s interest he pursued it passionately. He was well known for his love of cars, music and movies, but none of these compared to his love and passion for his family and friends.

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Therese Daniel

Therese is a remarkable, creative, thoughtful, loving and committed woman. She was a professional nurse her entire career, in practice, teaching, and administration. In addition, she has a wonderful family with three daughters, all with doctoral degrees and children.

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Brett Dale

Brett’s Caring Bridge journal starts, “Welcome to the last place you’d ever expect to be.” The picture (on left) next to it was of Brett climbing Camelback Mountain in Arizona. Brett went to the doctor Nov. 15, 2010, to see about a pain in his upper abdomen.

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Megan Marie Debruycker

“Cancer has affected every aspect of my life. When I first began my treatment it was very hard to hear my friend’s talking about going out and doing things I wished I could be doing. As my treatment went on I realized that doing those things was not what life was about.

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Jerome Detviler

In late September 2008, Jerome Detviler a 34 year teacher and coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma (LMS). An extraordinary benefit was held to honor Jerry and to help raise awareness for this debilitating form of cancer.

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Alyssa Jeske Dobson

The newspaper headline said, “ Alta School mourns the loss of science teacher.” Just a few words on paper some may say, but to those of us who knew and loved Alyssa Jeske Dobson, it was anything but.

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Brent Hendrickson

Brent passed away at the age of 20 on Feb. 3, 2003, after a three-year battle with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive children’s bone cancer. He was diagnosed in April 2000 with a primary tumor in his humerus and metastasis to both lungs.

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Wade Hohol

A superhero appears when least expected. Wade Hohol was a great man with many exceptional qualities: integrity, honesty, compassion, and patience. He lived as a loving husband, an attentive father, a caring son and brother, a fun-loving friend.

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Lora Holmquist

In August of 2005, life was good for Jeff and Lora Holmquist. High School sweethearts, they had been married for ten years. Living in Baldwin, Wisconsin, Jeff’s career in the retail car business was going well, and Lora was enjoying her job as a dental assistant.

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Katie Jurek

Katie Jurek, graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN in 2004. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer, on July 31, 2002. By the time she was diagnosed, her entire right femur had been taken over by the cancer.

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Barbara Kimker

At the center of Barbara’s life were her two cherished children, Andrew and Jennifer. Soon after her diagnosis of sarcoma in 2005, she understood that she would not live more than a few more years.

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Emilie Lemmons

I'm Emilie, a writer and mother to two young boys, married to my best friend and living in St. Paul, Minnesota. I was diagnosed with a soft-tissue sarcoma in August 2007, while pregnant with our youngest son. Cancer sucks.

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Jake Martell

Jake Martell was a teacher, although he did not set out to be a teacher. He never intended to teach, but he was a teacher nonetheless. He was a teacher not because he had sayings you remembered or because he told the best stories or could summarize life’s lessons.

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Jackie Middleton

Mom was beyond what we can express to you. Simply acknowledging that she was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend does not do her justice.

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Beverly Osterman

Beverly Sue Osterman was a beautiful, strong, and incredibly caring woman. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother as well as a dedicated friend to many people.

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Andrea Pomeroy

She was born June 5, 1972, our first born. She was christened Andrea Dawn Pomeroy. Many of her friends and family called her Andi, especially when she entered high school.

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Anna Rogtzke

In the spring of 2009, Anna Rogotzke was 2 years old - a seemingly healthy, very happy child who seemed to “sparkle” and light up the lives of everyone who knew her, especially her dad, mom, and two older brothers. She seemed to want to sing, dance, and giggle her way through life!

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Beverly Ann Schuld

Born on the Fourth of July, Beverly was full of spirit and passion for nature, people and animals. Growing up on a farm in Illinois as the youngest of four children, she developed a lifelong empathy for the less advantaged and became a fierce defender of the underdog, two- and four-legged.

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Nick Shifflet

Nick Shifflet man has always been physically active and since birth has shown his resilience and zest for life. He lived a simple life and believed his wealth was found in how he lived his life and by the company he kept, not by the amount of money in his pockets.

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Eric Skogman

In March In March 2008, 38-year-old Eric Skogman was diagnosed with Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma. After invasive surgery to remove a six-pound tumor from his abdomen in April 2008, he started chemotherapy treatments in August 2008 to fight the life-threatening disease.

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Mark Wehner

Mark Wehner was a teacher and choir director at Osseo-Fairchild High School for over 30 years. He taught hundreds of students and helped them appreciate the beauty of music and creativity. To learn from Mr. Wehner was to be inspired; inspired to create music and become a better, stronger, kinder person because he led by example.

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Elinda Bates Wing

Linda touched everyone she met, and dedicated both her distinguished professional career and her personal life to improving the lives of others. “She was a special person with a humble spirit,” said Stedman Graham, who worked with Wing in the latter part of her career.

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Karen Wyckoff

Creator of Rein in Sarcoma - Karen was born on September 13, 1975. Growing up in the Minnesota communities of Falcon Heights and Shoreview, and attending Roseville schools, Karen was always involved in many activities, including tennis, soccer, basketball, cross country skiing, piano, violin, and Girl Scouts.

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Laura Zeccardi

Laura was born to parents, Alan V. and Linda J. Zeccardi in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 1985. Laura moved to Chatfield in 1988, attended Chatfield Public Schools, and graduated from Chatfield High School in 2003.

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