Community Rallies to Support Infant Battling Cancer

Jory and Missy Hansen have been making the two-hour ride from Carrington to Minot for the state fair for many years.

But this year is extra special; it's the first for their nearly 5-month-old son, Kade. And they're cherishing every moment.

"When he was five days old, he was diagnosed with a type of soft-tissue cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma," Missy said.

Doctors worked to remove tumors on the side of Kade's abdomen and placed him on chemotherapy. But during the surgery, they found legions on his liver, and later, tumors on his brain.

"There isn't any further treatment that he can have because he's already had two different types of chemotherapy," Missy said. "So we're just trying to spend as much time as we can loving him, along with our two daughters, Molly and Callie."

"Any time you have an infant with an illness, it's hard, it's not an easy thing, and it's just hard to watch your friends go through that, and not be able to do anything," said Doug Bichler, a close friend of the Hansens.

And so, they went to work.

Friends and family organized a silent auction at the State Fair to raise money to help the family with their travel and medical expenses. Donations flowed in, from pies to power tools, from children's books, to an autographed Bison jersey.

"There's Berthold, Minot, Bismarck, pretty much any city you can think of, there's somebody here that's donated something," Bichler said.

"Kade's a pretty special little boy to a lot of people, and we feel very humbled that that many people care about us and our family that they're willing to support us like this," Missy said.

Wednesday, the bidding wars began.

"Whenever you can have this large of a group of people come together, and not only donate, but bid and give their time and their talent and ultimately their money to a cause like this, it just goes to show how close-knit the ag community is, and how much we stick together," Bichler said.

"People from small-town North Dakota involved in agriculture and that sort of thing are there for you to have your back when you really need it," Jory said.

The organizers of the silent auction say that more events to support Kade and his family may be in the works.

If you'd like to lend a hand to the Hansen family, an account has been set up at Bank Forward in Carrington. It's the "Kade Hansen Benefit Account."

The bank's mailing address is: P.O. Box 222, Carrington, ND 58421. You can also call the bank at: 701-652-2852.