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Childhood cancer survivor Marti Wermager of Detroit Lakes will be the torchbearer for the annual Becker County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society, on June 18-19 at Detroit Lakes High School.

Relay torchbearer's story 'a miracle of modern medicine, and the grace of god'

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At the time that Marti Wermager was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (known as ALL), she was just 5 years old.

She was also given a mere 1 percent chance of survival. Almost four decades later, Marti has not only survived, she has thrived.


"I'm considered a long-term survivor of the disease," she said.

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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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