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Charlie Blixt, 4, fighting leukemia

Oct. 5 benefit will help family with medical expenses.

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Smiling from his hospital room, 4-year-old Charlie Blixt is undergoing a lengthy treatment for leukemia at a Minneapolis children's hospital.

Charlie Blixt, who is almost 4 years old, is facing his second fight against leukemia.

"He’s doing pretty good, but has been having some headaches with nausea,” mom Jessi said. “The doctors are pretty happy with how he is looking and doing. They are giving him an A-plus. He’s still eating some. They are also giving him IV nutrition. Other than that, he’s doing good and happy and loves everyone here!"

Blixt was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 5 months old. He completed two years of successful treatment, but recently the cancer has returned. Blixt is in a children's hospital in Minneapolis, where he will be undergoing treatment for nine months that includes high-dosage chemotherapy. His dad, Jake, has been at home caring for the family’s other children while Jessi stays with Charlie.

The Blixt family lives in rural Sebeka, a 200-mile drive from the hospital.

Last week, his big sister, Emma, who is 8, donated bone marrow to Charlie because she was a perfect match.

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“Please pray for Emma's cells to start growing and that his body will accept them as their own,” family friend and neighbor Kori Nelson said. “Also, pray for him to have his headaches to go away, and thank you for all your support, love and prayers.”

Charlie's CaringBridge posts describe how the chemotherapy has caused both vomiting and headaches. When he is feeling better, he has been playing monster trucks and watching videos.

Clancy’s on Island Lake will be holding a benefit for Charlie from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a free-will donation spaghetti feed, raffle and the amazing Master Magician Hudson performing at tables, followed by a 6:30 p.m. stage show.

All money raised will go to help cover costs associated with treatment. Anyone interested in volunteering to clear tables and sell raffle tickets can call Nelson at 218-616-2071 or send an email to jeffgordon_babygurl@hotmail.com.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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