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Photos of family and friends adorn Relay for Life torchbearer Kristi Goochey's office wall. Her ordeal would bring the realization, "Family, friends and love are the only things that really matter." (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Survivor to take victory lap Friday at Park Rapids Relay for Life

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A year ago, Kristi Goochey bid farewell to the Mayo Clinic and arrived home in Park Rapids to take a lap around the track in the Relay for Life's Survivor Victory Walk.


She spotted her name on a luminary bag, a poignant reminder. "It makes it more real than you think it is," she said.

This year, the member of Team Goochey will be carrying the survivor's torch with John Schumacher. "I'll blubber like an idiot," she predicts. "I'll cry the whole time."

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