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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."


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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