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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.

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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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