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'We will be stronger because of this': Fargo family has two children with rare medical conditions

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FARGO—For the past two and a half years, a Fargo family has called the hospital, home.

One son with a rare tumor, another has spent his 4-months of life in the NICU.

The Reynolds have four children, meaning their life can get pretty hectic.

On top of it, two of their children have rare medical conditions and this family of six might have to make a big move to Denver.

But despite an unknown future, they're staying optimistic.

A tattoo of teal ribbon don the forearms of Shaun and Christina Reynolds.

The tattoo has a lot of meaning.

"She has her's in the exact spot as Jacob's tumor, same size and everything," said Shaun Reynolds, father.

11-year-old Jacob has been fighting a tumor called a desmoid for the past two and a half years.

"Two in a million. Jacob's starting a new treatment today. We just came from his appoint. We're going to try a few things. His tumor is pretty aggressive and it keeps growing," said Shaun Reynolds.

Through Jacob's diagnosis and appointments, the family welcomed their youngest son, Kadyn.

But, Kadyn has been in the NICU since he was born on July 25th.

"Born with another condition, called an Omphalocele, Intestines outside of his body," said Shaun Reynolds.

Meaning, Sanford has become a second home for the Reynolds.

"It's been difficult balancing life and trying to keep things normal," said Christina Reynolds, mother.

Especially with their two other children, Oscar and Mylee.

"My brother and sister go with the flow," said Jacob Reynolds, son of Christina and Shaun.

"All lean on each other at different points. My oldest son said, you've been there for us all these years. We have no problem helping out," said Christina Reynolds.

But, their sense of normalcy could change in the next few weeks.

Kadyn may have to be transferred for Denver.

"A move might be in the best interesting for everybody. We did find a limb preservation place in Denver. Would be great to have both boys being treated in the same city. A lot of things up in the air. Trying to figure out what's best for them. Because ultimately that's all that matters," said Christina Reynolds.

Christina says they haven't made a decision yet, but even with an unknown future.

"It can either tear you apart or bring you closer together," said Shaun Reynolds.

This family is focusing on finding strength with each other and in their faith, knowing that with the support of those around them, they can get through whatever life throws at them.

If you'd like to help, the family has a YouCaring Page.

We have that link below:

https://www.youcaring.com/shaunreynoldschristinareynolds-834172

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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