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Published December 26, 2011, 10:48 AM

White Earth woman's collection making all the difference for cancer patients

White Earth, Minn. (WDAY TV) - One woman is collecting an item that may seem like a simple item to most, but to cancer patients it can make all the difference.

White Earth, Minn. (WDAY TV) - One woman is collecting an item that may seem like a simple item to most, but to cancer patients it can make all the difference.

Anne-Marye Hoban who lives in White Earth Minnesota started collecting chap-stick after her niece Annika Linberg was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia not once, but twice in her six years of life.

ANNE-MARYE HOBAN – Collection Chapstick: “Right after her 3rd birthday she was first diagnosed with leukemia, her parents noticed she was bruising, she was tired, they took her in diagnosed her with leukemia.“

After little Annika was given that clear bill of health and a low recurrent rate, nearly three years later her same symptoms returned.

ANNE: “Prior to her 6th birthday, her parents again noticed you know that she was sluggish and not acting herself, so they took her in and it was confirmed that she had relapsed.”

After the second diagnosis Annika needed a bone marrow transplant. Her little sisters core blood was saved from birth and was a perfect match.

ANNE: “11/11/11 is when she had her transplant.”

And after receiving another cancer free report, Hoban still wanted to help anyway she could and that is where the chap-stick collection came in. Cancer patients, typically younger ones, use the good fun smelling chap-sticks like cookie dough and Jollyrancher to help cover up the harsh scents of antiseptics and disinfectant.

ANNE: “It helped them a lot, you know just to feel less nauseous by being able to smell something you know, fun.”

When Hoban started her collection her goal was to reach 1000 chap-sticks.

ANNE: “It was something small that anyone could do.”

That goal of 1000 has now been far passed with an enormous collection of over 3500 chap-sticks. And after countless donations and a lot of hard work all of these chap-sticks are being boxed up and shipped out to help ease tiny patients tummies and to help calm their nerves.

The chap-sticks will be donated this Friday to Sanford children's hospital in Fargo and a Children's hospital in Minneapolis.

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