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Spirits raised for family struggling with cancer

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Another busy night for Downtown Fargo serving up food and entertainment, but this time it was all for a good cause.

Community members came together at the American Legion to help one Fargo South High School student struggling with cancer.

Often it seems, while we're busy solving one problem, others work out.

"They said don't worry about anything, we just sat back and did what we needed to do and all this happened around us," Pam and Mike Thomason, of Fargo, said as their friends and family rushed around them to set up food and silent auction prizes.

That's the way it was for the Thomason's as they searched for answers to a question that started with a lump.

"He had been complaining of a little bit of pain," Pam said of her sixteen-year-old son, Jonathon. That's when Jon wondered if it was more than football practice causing his aches and weight loss.

"The surgeon had called into the room and said he was about 90% sure Jon had Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Pam said.

By the time they found it, cancer had spread from Jon's stomach to neck to his liver.

"When I saw the PET scan of my son and he was literally full of cancer, it just dropped me to my knees," Mike, Jon's dad, said.

But there was work left to do. Pam says her son knew immediately he wanted to be known as a cancer survivor.

In the time it took to finish four rounds of chemotherapy, friends and family collected and donated.

"They can't take the cancer away, they can't help heal him, but they can help support him," Jen Mehrer, Jon's aunt, said.

For the Thomasons, it came as proof that as quickly as cancer may spread, kindness will flow.

"In the very beginning we shed a lot of tears," Pam said. "And now, we shed tears because of the support we receive. Tears of joy."

The money raised from today's event will go towards the cost of medical bills for Jon's treatment.

Next week, the family will find out if the cancer is gone.

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