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A benefit is scheduled for Aug. 18, at Kilkarney Golf Course in River Falls to help Brian and Amy Olson deal with bills that have accumulated as Brian battles Stage 4 colon cancer. Also shown is their son, Finn, who is almost five.

Healthy, active and then cancer

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Brian Olson thought he was perfectly healthy until a doctor's questions after a minor injury led to a shocking diagnosis: Stage 4 colon cancer.


"It was a fluke that they even found it," Brian says of the cancer he's been battling for four years now.

In his mid-30s, Olson thought his dreams had come true.

Nearly a year earlier he and his wife Amy completed their family by adopting a baby boy. Brian had a job he loved, a happy marriage and an active life.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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