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Published July 12, 2010, 11:52 AM

Cancer center celebrates 20 years

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - MeritCare's cancer center is celebrating twenty years and many success stories. Today one of its first patients reunited with the doctor and nurse who helped him survive.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Carl Sad of Cooperstown North Dakota was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 18 years old. He went into surgery at the Roger Maris cancer center before the building was even completed. His journey lasted 9 years and included 6 weeks of chemo.

Now, twenty years later, he is cancer free and a father.

“Just walking up to the building brings everything back up inside, anxiety, the fear, the tension, and then once I see these guys, it's the excitement and the happiness that we're still here!”

U.S. News and World Report magazine ranks the center in the top fifty in the nation. The center was funded completely through community donations. 5.5 million dollars was raised through the capital campaign.