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The St. Paul Children's Hospital staff gave Julia a trophy for her bravery after her final scans on July 6 when the family got the news Julia was cancer-free. The hospital also had a medal for Julia's little brother Finn.

Young girl, family look to bright future


On Oct. 24, 2010, Amanda and Torey Kauth took their 6-year-old daughter Julia to the walk-in clinic at the River Falls Area Hospital with a bad stomach ache.

Soon, she was having a CT scan, and Amanda and Torey were being told their daughter had a "growth" on her kidney.

"It was scary because we didn't know what was going on," said Amanda. "We thought maybe appendicitis, worst case."

But what Julia had wasn't appendicitis. It was cancer. Julia had a Wilms' tumor.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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