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December 9th, 2012

Goals achieved: Beat cancer, walk again

By Margaret Shepard Margaret_Marie

Bob Anderson and his family.

Robert and Lora Anderson and their two children

When Robert Anderson realized he was facing cancer and a possible amputation of his leg, he wrote down three goals that he still carries in his wallet: Save my life, save my limb and maintain an active lifestyle.

Three years later, he's two for three on his list and not looking back.

In 2006, Anderson, then age 41, of Rogers, Minn., was a guy on the go. He enjoyed his work in corporate finance. The father of two active children, he coached youth baseball and hockey teams. Anderson played hockey and ran marathons with his wife, Lora. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: bone cancer, Dr. Shives, fibrosarcoma, Karen Andrews M.D., Matthew Clark PhD, Robert Anderson

December 9th, 2012

An upbeat attitude and a brisk tempo keep this musician playing

By Margaret Shepard Margaret_Marie

Wain McFarlane in front of his guitar.Wain McFarlane knows how to work a problem. When hypertension caused Wain's kidneys to fail in 2006, he built dialysis into his busy schedule. And when, just months after receiving a kidney from his 26-year-old niece, Wain was diagnosed with liver cancer, he knew he and his Mayo Clinic team would deal with it, quickly.

"I didn't stop," says Wain. "Stopping feeds your illness. I wanted to win, so my attitude was I couldn't lose." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: liver cancer, liver transplant, Matthew Clark PhD, Wain McFarlane

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