cancer

Local First Responders Help 911 Dispatcher Who is Battling Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls 911 dispatcher is used to helping others, but now he’s the one getting help as he goes through a tough time. It’s been a tough couple months for the Hutchisson family. Adam Hutchisson is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma. It has left him unable to work. “I love what I…

Senators Grill Pharmaceutical CEO’s About High Drug Prices

WASHINGTON – The CEOs of seven major pharmaceutical companies are facing a hostile grilling from senators over high prescription drug prices that are a drain Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of Americans. The companies have collected tens of billions of dollars from government programs in recent years for brand-name medications to treat everything from high cholesterol to…

DWU’s Jason Christensen Back On The Bench

MITCHELL, S.D. — Jason Christensen’s been at the helm of the Dakota Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team for 9 years. He’s fresh off his best season that included a national title. However, a health concern this season put his coaching career on pause.   Head Coach Jason Christensen is the winningest coach in DWU women’s basketball history. However his greatest battle came…

Ginsburg Missing Supreme Court Arguments For First Time

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung odn Dec. 21….

Sioux Falls Jams Against Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Cancer not only takes an emotional toll on families and patients, but a financial toll as well. People in Sioux Falls are banning together to help. The non-profit, Jam Against Cancer, held their fourth annual fundraising event at the American Legion Post 15 on Sunday. People enjoyed listening live to music, while participating in raffles and auctions. All…

Local Research Helps With Advancements in Available Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments

  While immunotherapy is getting more attention with the Nobel Prize in Medicine going to a pioneering U.S. researcher in the field, Dr. Christopher Sumey, a hemetology/oncology specialist with Sanford Health says therapies have been available for years, and that number is only growing. The novel therapies being developed are happening in part, thanks to research that’s taken place locally…

Sioux Falls Cancer Support Group is Growing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — We recently brought you the story of a Sioux Falls cancer survivor who started a support group. This group is now one step closer to becoming a foundation with the help of someone who also is affected by cancer. Leaning on hope has been bringing women and families who are battling from cancer together. “We want to…

Meet Sonnie: The Little Superhero

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Six-year-old Sonnie is probably one of the happiest kids you could ever meet, but he had a rough start. “I thought he was always sick from the beginning.  Like I’ve always felt like there was something wrong.   I just wasn’t 100% sure what it was,” says mom Christina Stainbrook. When Sonnie was thirteen months old, he…

11th Annual Race For the Cure in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It was a sea of pink Sunday morning at Fall Park in Downtown Sioux Falls. Over 1,000 people including 150 survivors participated in the 11th annual Susan G. Komen, Great Plains Race For the Cure. The event is meant to celebrate breast cancer survivors and honor those who’ve lost the battle. This year instead of a run, people…

Overdose, Suicide Continue to Fuel Decline in Life Expectancy

A new government report on the health of the nation reveals some troubling trends. The average life expectancy continues to decrease, largely due to drugs and suicide. Overdose deaths increased by a whopping 72 percent between 2000 and 2016, and the suicide rate grew by 23 percent. Deaths from injury, Alzheimer’s disease, liver failure and blood infections are also on…

Bikers Pedal Against Cancer in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls was taken over by bicyclists today as over a hundred people pedaled around town and along the bike trails. This was the third annual Pedal Farr, Falls Area River Ride.  It’s a fundraiser for the foundation Live Strong and families battling cancer. This is something that hits home for many of the riders.   “Everybody knows…

Sioux Falls Vet Clinic Now Offers CT Scans for Pets

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls veterinary clinic is working to bring specialized care closer to pet owners in South Dakota. Best Care Pet Hospital is the only vet in the state with some of the technology needed for animals with serious health issues like cancer. Best Care Pet Hospital aims to give all pets a chance at a healthier…

New Way to Test for Breast Cancer in the Works

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sanford researcher has developed a blood test that may make it easier to detect breast cancer. She says it could be a game changer for the over 300 thousand people diagnosed each year. ” I thought well why don’t we use the immune system as a biosensor and let the body tell us what’s going on…

Relay For Life Hosts Kickoff Party

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Relay For Life jumps into the 2018 season with a kickoff party at the Sioux Falls Sky Zone. Kids got to jump and eat Dr. Seuss themed snacks all for a good cause. Part of the proceeds went towards a Relay for Life donation. This event is to advertise for their Relay For Life race on July 27th…

Community Gathers For Bone Marrow Donor Drive

WORTHINGTON, Minn- When Samantha Casper found out her daughter McKhia was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in November, she knew she wasn’t going to go through this alone. Her childhood friend since she was 4-years-old also has a kid battling cancer. “It’s easier to talk to her cause she knows what Khia’s going through right now and I couldn’t be that…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Falls Man Creates Nationwide Cancer Survivor Network

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Matt Ellefson was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 8 months to live. Eight years later, Matt is still here. He used those years to change the way patients all over the country fight cancer. He’s given people diagnosed with the disease two precious gifts. The gift of time and the gift of hope and it all started with a…