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Brock Wood (front) and Jesse Hacker, both 2012 graduates of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, departed Monday on a 2,350-mile kayak trip down the Mississippi River to raise funds for Hodgkin's lymphoma research. (Photo courtesy of Jean Ruzicka, Park Rapids Enterprise)

And, they're off!

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Brock Wood and Jesse Hacker dropped their oars into the water at the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17.

For the next two months, they will paddle their way 2,350 miles down the mighty river to raise awareness and money for Hodgkin's lymphoma research.

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