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4-year-old Fargo boy using his superhero powers to battle leukemia

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FARGO—Take a 4-year-old and give him 'super powers', a golden lab, and an adorable little brother, and you have a perfect summer day for Henrik Westerholm.

But the last 6-months have been a whirlwind for the North Fargo boy, as he battles leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant at Mayo later this summer.

As friends plan a benefit for the Henrik, we get to see first hand his contagious personality.

It's hard to believe Henrik Westerholm has just spent the last few months in and out of the hospital, undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Along with his sidekick brother, Harrison, Henrik is all about Superheroes and dinosaurs. So much so, it is part of his daily wardrobe.

Henrik just heard today, he will have more treatments here in Fargo, before heading down to Mayo for a few months where it is hoped a bone marrow transplant will rid his body of cancer.

"I don't like bumble bees or mosquitos," Henrik said.

A lot to process for the family and lot to go through for Henrik.

"And then there is food on his claws," Henrik said.

He and his raptor claws and dinosaur tails have been fighting this since Christmas.

"He is really our little superhero, he has just battled through everything and he is amazing and it is good to have that mentality that you got this, you can do this," Henrik's mom Janna said.

Henrik goes through his Bravery Beads.

He gets one each time he has a blood draw or chemo or clinic appointment

"This is for your blood draw," Henrik's mom says.

The string is long.

Proof of what he's endured.

The journey has taught the family everything.

"It is interesting how and what you think about changes, and what becomes the new normal, you realize what is and is not a big deal," Henrik's dad Dan says.

For now, Henrik is right where he wants to be, in a front yard that is his playground.

A dog, a brother, unknowingly helping the 4-year old kick cancer.

The benefit for Henrik Westerholm will be held, June 22nd, at El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo.

"Lend a Hand Up for Kids" is helping with "boost funding."

Doors open at 4 pm for the freewill donation dinner, silent auction, bake sale and games galore.

For a link to Henrik's GoFundMe account, click here.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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