Longtime WCCO sports personality Ralph Jon Fritz is battling a terminal stomach cancer. “This is, without a doubt, the most difficult email I have ever sent,” he said in a note addressed to colleagues and friends earlier this week.
Melissa Erlandson’s one-year-old daughter, London, has a rare form of cancer. Doctors made the diagnosis when she was just 3 months old. Erlandson is asking for help to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and boost the funding needed for research.
JoJo is fighter. The 11-year-old is working hard to fight Pleuropulmonary Blastoma, a rare type of lung cancer, for the second time.
The Minnesota Department of Health says elevated levels of a harmful chemical have been detected in New Brighton’s drinking water system. Health officials say the presence of the chemical — 1, 4-Dioxane — does not pose an immediate health risk, but long-time exposure could present a cancer threat.
It’s been nearly five years since a cancer diagnosis ended a promising football career for Connor Cosgrove. He was a wide receiver at the University of Minnesota when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He had to stop playing football, and underwent years of chemotherapy treatments.
A young mother of five says she’s blown away by the support she’s received after a difficult diagnosis. Andrea Mangan, 34, found out last week that she has cancer. Now friends and family are making sure her kids are cared for while she concentrates on treatment.
A group of police officers is answering a call for help from some of their own and accomplishing something great for Minnesota.
Meet Taysha! Her friends at Afton Lakeland Elementary School put together ‘Dear Taysha’ with the help of Nashville songwriter, Jeff Dayton.
A Colorado veteran, who recently lost his beloved dog, is now starting a new chapter of his life.
A bill to better protect Minnesota’s firefighters from an invisible danger has been introduced at the state Capitol. The proposal would ban cancer-causing chemicals from furniture and children’s products.
David McCoy covers the Minnesota gymnastics championships at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The best high school gymnastics teams and individuals in the state are competing for their state meet
It’s something your mother told you never to do: eat ice cream for breakfast. But one Forest Lake family is asking everyone to eat ice cream Wednesday morning.
Minnesota health officials and university researchers say they’ve found 21 new cases of a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma among a group of miners who they’ve been following since the late 1990s.
Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest. The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer.
Wildlife biologists tracking a tumor-causing virus first diagnosed in eastern wild turkeys five years ago have found the virus is far more widespread — but less deadly — than expected.
Thursday’s snow was the perfect complement to a Farmington teen’s dream come true. Nick Kraml, 14, is battling a cancer so rare that his mom says only three patients have been seen with it at Children’s Hospital. He’s been responding to treatments though, and was well enough to show up at Canterbury Park’s Snocross track in Shakopee.
A malpractice case for a Minnesota woman who died after receiving a transplant of a cancerous pancreas may be headed for a trial. The Minnesota Court of Appeals this week ruled the case against Dr. Ty Dunn should head to court in the death of Jodie Shierts, 36. The court says Dunn didn’t know the pancreas was infected with cancer but should have screened the donor more thoroughly.
Among the number of people heading down to Florida to watch the Minnesota Gophers take on the Missouri Tigers in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day is the O’Brien family.
A cancer diagnosis usually means starting treatment right away. Fighting it as soon as possible offers the best chance to successfully get rid of it. But a Minnesota woman who found out she has thyroid cancer is waiting to get it treated. Zach and Teri Johnson always wanted twins. Their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pretty thrilled about the idea, too.
There are no early detection tests for ovarian cancer, and 56 percent of women diagnosed with the disease die within five years. That’s why the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) spends most of their budget on funding research.
This week WCCO is spotlighting MOCA — the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance — as part of our Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer occurs in one in 71 women. Fifty-six percent of women die within five years. But it’s not a cancer people know much about. On the Nicollet Mall, Sara Langworthy stands dressed in teal, a superhero headdress, outfit and boots. She’s stopping people and handing out symptom cards.
The average age for a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 63, so it was a shock when a 7-year-old Minnesota girl found out she had it. We first introduced you to Harlie Corneliusen in September. After chemo and some dark days, she is now free of cancer.
Eleven years ago, an Andover family knew almost nothing about ovarian cancer. Now, the three generations — five grandchildren, three sisters, a mom and a dad — are now some of the strongest advocates for it.
Eighty-five percent of women with ovarian cancer pass away within five years, so the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) works to comfort those diagnosed. It is the fifth-deadliest women’s cancer.
Whether they are breaking a sweat at a fundraiser or all dressed up at a banquet — the color teal always marks an occasion for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. And so does a sense of pride. Eleven-year survivor Erica Dahlin and her family help support the annual walk.