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Published October 25, 2012, 09:01 PM

Fargo woman is a recipient in this year's Pay It Forward Project

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo woman battling cancer for more than a decade, is getting a helping hand from employees at Bell State Bank and Trust. Linda Knutson is a recipient in this year's Pay It Forward Project.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo woman battling cancer for more than a decade, is getting a helping hand from employees at Bell State Bank and Trust. Linda Knutson is a recipient in this year's Pay It Forward Project.

It was a day full of heart warming surprises for Linda Knutson and her strong family, as people from Bell State Bank and Trust, many she didn't even know beforehand, presented her with 85-hundred dollars.

Linda: "It took awhile to sink in I think."

Tony Lee: "Me and Linda used to work together for quite a few years and I was talking to the wife about my Pay it Forward this year and what to do with it."

The check comes in the midst of a 14-year struggle. In that time, Linda has fought cancer 5 times, this last round in her throat, threatening to take away her voice.

Doug: "We knew it was going to cost a lot of money, but we didn't know it was going to take this long."

But thanks to the kindness of several employees through the bank's Pay it Forward Program, Linda's medical bills no longer seem so daunting.

Linda: "I'll be able to pay my hospital bills, some of them. It means a lot to me."

Doug: "Unbelievable. That's the big thing, is the people you just meet and see. There's just so much kindness to everybody."

Each year bank staff members receive 1,000 dollars to go toward someone less fortunate. And this year, Linda was the chosen recipient.

Tony Lee: "I'm happy with it. I wanted to do it."

Making life a little easier, for a woman whose already battled more than most can imagine.

Linda: "Oh I just want to thank everyone."

The Pay it Forward project began 5 years ago, and has given away more than 2 million dollars to people in need.

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