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Russell Doke provided festive polka music for the occasion, including "The Chicken Dance." (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Laporte accordionist recovers from deadly cancer to continue entertaining audiences

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LAPORTE -- Carol Doke says her husband, 68-year-old Russell Doke, is a living miracle.

"I believe that," she said. "God saved him to make the people happy with his music."

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In 2007, Russell was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent massive surgery.

"They took out his stomach and his pancreas and part of his spleen and, later, his gall bladder," Carol said.

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