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Minnesota family 'holding up the best we can' after 4 cancer diagnoses in a month

Four cancer diagnoses in a month and a recent death of a loved one.
Rikki Wold

Rikki Wold

A west-central Minnesota family is fighting through an unimaginable amount of pain after a series of devastating cancer diagnoses.

It all started in October when Rikki Wold, a 17-year-old senior from New London-Spicer High School, had her wisdom teeth removed. During the operation, the oral surgeon discovered deterioration in her jaw bone, according to a GoFundMe page. 

A biopsy was sent to the University of Minnesota for analysis, and on Nov. 27 their worst fears were confirmed: Rikki had been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

It required surgery in which doctors removed her jaw bone and replaced it with bone from her leg. 

After the Dec. 18 surgery, Rikki was forced to eat from a feeding tube for weeks and got around with the help of a walker as she wasn't allowed to put any weight on her leg for nearly two months. That painstaking process led to chemotherapy treatments that she'll continue going through for the next seven months. 

Three more cancer diagnoses in the family

But Rikki's plight was just one piece of devastating news dealt to her family in recent months.

As they gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving, Rikki's uncle, Dean Wold, announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the West Central Tribune

Less than a week passed when Rikki's grandfather, Roger Olson, was also diagnosed with prostate cancer, a day before Rikki's bone cancer diagnosis was confirmed.

Then, on Christmas Eve, doctors informed Randy Wold, Rikki's father, that he has acute leukemia. 

Tammy Wold, Rikki's mother, told Bring Me The News that Randy just finished intense chemo treatments and is awaiting more tests, Roger begins radiation Mar. 12 and Dean is recovering from the first of two surgeries to remove his cancer. 

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Another devastating blow

As if four members of the family being diagnosed with cancer within the span of four weeks wasn't enough, Rikki's grandmother passed away this past Tuesday. 

"To top off everything my mother passed away on Feb. 19th," Tammy Wold said. "That is Rikki's grandma and Roger's wife. We are all holding up the best we can." 

Not only is there a GoFundMe available for Rikki right here, there's also a benefit featuring live music this Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Brother's Bar in Belgrade, Minnesota. 

Then on April 6, a second benefit for the family will be held at the New London American Legion, featuring dinner, a silent auction, bake sale and a meat raffle. 

Cash donations can also be sent to United Minnesota Bank In New London. 

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