Freeborn County Relay for Life’s honorary survivors


ALBERT LEA, Minn. Cancer impacts millions of Americans each year. While many lose their battle with the disease, many others survive.

Each year the Freeborn County Relay for Life chooses two honorary survivors to feature. Lynn Berven is one of this year’s honorary survivors. Berven was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. That type of cancer is very rare in men.
He is now cancer free and hoping his experience will help others.

“I just want people to understand that cancer is not a death sentence anymore. It used to be a bad, bad thing. Of course when you have your name associated with cancer, it’s not good. But if you do the treatment, with a little bit of luck and lot of support, you can survive it,” Berven said.

This year’s other honorary survivor is 8-year-old Dakota Malakowsky. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 2-years-old. Now, six years later, Dakota is healthy and happy.

“He does everything like a healthy, normal boy that never went through this. He took up wrestling for the first time last fall. He’s been doing swimming lessons and this summer we went camping,” said Dakota’s mom, Amanda Malakowsky.

The Freeborn County Relay for Life is Friday, August 8th. It starts at 6:00pm at the fairgrounds in Albert Lea.

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