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Austin Baune was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in June. He has been undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments since. Contributed

Toy tractors and chemotherapy - normal part of life for Garfield 4-year-old

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Austin Baune is a typical 4-year-old boy who loves tractors and skid loaders and playing in the dirt.

He's curious and busy and talkative and loves the outdoors.


But there are things about Austin that are different from other boys his age. He tires easily, his feet sometimes don't work properly, and he knows how to flush a medical port.

Austin suffers from acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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