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Brock Wood and friend Jesse Hacker set off from Itasca State Park Monday morning on a Hodgkin’s lymphoma fundraising trip. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Cancer survivor begins Paddle4Kins kayaking journey

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When Brock Wood, 19 of Alexandria, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November, he set his sights not only on conquering cancer but mastering the Mighty Mississippi – aboard a kayak.


“That’s what kept him going,” Juanita Wood said of her son, who was told he was cancer-free a month ago. “He was on a mission. He never gave it a second thought.”

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