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Relay for Life event honors caregiver for the first time

Published 11:15am Thursday, June 20, 2013

When Marlene Johnson was first diagnosed with cancer, she was terrified.

“I thought cancer was a death sentence,” she said.

Johnson is an honorary chairwoman, one of three to be honored, for the “Relay for Life” this weekend at M State-Fergus Falls. The event will celebrate 20 years.

After talking with her oncologist and surgeon, a treatment plan was developed for Johnson. With God’s help, she was prepared to fight, she said. Having been diagnosed with cancer several times, she knows there is life after cancer. Cancer has changed her outlook on life. Many things in daily life that she used to worry about have become less important.

“I have a new appreciation for the little things, like a sunrise, a hug or smile, flowers or watching the sunset,” Johnson said.

Darwin “Darb” Allison will join Johnson as an hon-

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