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Though Heather Bridgeman has never been diagnosed with cancer, her life has been inexorably affected by the disease.

Bridgeman's mother, Michelle Harris, a Detroit Lakes Middle School EBD teacher, passed away on March 9 of this year -- less than a month after being diagnosed with colon cancer.


Seven years earlier, in 2002, her father Bob Harris died from pancreatic cancer, and Bridgeman lost a grandfather to the disease as well.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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