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MOORHEAD—After 35-years of service to students in the Moorhead School District, Superintendent Lynne Kovash says she'll retire at the end of this month as she battles Pancreatic Cancer.

Lynne is grateful to the community wide Team Kovash that has been standing beside her during the cancer fight.

"I have places where this is going, can't wait for this to get off my desk," said Lynne.

After three decades in Moorhead Schools, Lynne Kovash is slowly packing up years of memories, gifts, and items that come out of nowhere.

It is all a bit bitter sweet; Lynne, now 65 was planning to retire at the end of the school year, but a tough diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer has changed everything.

I had a cat scan and nothing showed up, there was a cyst on my kidney and that is when it showed up, a tumor on my pancreas that spread to my liver.

Because the cancer had already spread at diagnosis, Lynne is receiving palliative chemo.

Pancreatic Cancer also claimed her mom.

Recently, Lynne was honorary captain during a Moorhead Spuds football game.

The team escorted her out, and she flipped the coin, all part of hashtag Team Kovash that has been the community support behind her the last few months.

"To see that support, hard to understand why it is there, but I love the community," said Lynne.

This former teacher, hopes students who are watching her in this courageous fight, learn from it.

"Some days I think I am not realistic, but I have to live every day to the fullest, none of us is promised tomorrow so I live that day and every day is a good day I am here," said Lynne.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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