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Hope Starts Here honors participants

July 3, 2013
The Mining Journal

When three-year-old Brody Etelamaki was diagnosed with a brain tumor, family and friends were shocked and saddened. But instead of feeling helpless, they gathered their forces and formed a team for the Hope Starts Here Challenge, held May 11 in Marquette. The fundraiser helps the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center provide leading edge brain tumor research at Northern Michigan University. The funds also help patients and families with expenses associated with travel to medical appointments. More than 65 individuals contributed to the "Brody Strong" Team effort, earning them the Hope Starts Here Team Award and helping make the 2013 Hope Starts Here Challenge the best year ever, with 620 participants raising more than $25,000. Pictured above, from left, are Professor Robert Winn, Northern Michigan University UMBTRC director; Sarah Etelamaki, Brody's aunt; Christi Etelamaki, Brody's aunt; Sabina Carlson, Brody's aunt; and Dr. Richard Rovin, Marquette General neurosurgeon.

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