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Steven Baukol, far right, with his family, including (right to left) son Tyler, 19; wife DeAnna; daughter Sarah, 24; daughter Amy, 29, holding grandson Beau, who is now a year and a half; Amy’s husband Rick and son Rick Jr., 16. Submitted Photo

Relay torchbearer living with rare cancer

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On the surface, Steve Baukol appears to be a normal, healthy middle-aged man approaching his 50th birthday (it’s in October).

No one would guess from looking at him that he has been living with cancer for nearly two years now. But the Detroit Lakes man received that dreaded diagnosis on Sept. 9, 2011.

It was on that day that Baukol was told he had multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer that is treatable, but not curable — at least not at the present time.

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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.
(218) 844-1454
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