Lindi’s Story: A Cancer Journey

Cancer has touched multiple members of the Mrazek family and for Lindi Mrazek and her daughter, Kaci Peterson, the journey has been difficult and complex. But through it all, the family continues to see hope thanks to the expert and compassionate care they receive at the Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center in Bemidji.

After supporting her mom as she recovered from breast cancer and lung cancer, Kaci was devastated when her dad, Dan, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. “The first thing you notice about when you go into the Cancer Center is the staff — everyone is so kind and caring and gracious. We had top-notch care from the top to the bottom,” Kaci said, recalling time she spent with her dad while he received treatment at the Joe Lueken Cancer Center.

Sadly, Dan passed away in November 2022. Soon after, Lindi learned her breast cancer had returned. But with Sanford Health on her side, she knew she wouldn’t be fighting alone.

“You may not have cancer, but you will know somebody in your lifetime that has it, and they will tell you how important the cancer center is here in Bemidji,” Lindi said. “We’ve got the best team here — emotionally, physically — they help with everything.”

After her mom’s diagnosis, “we felt confident because we knew we had a team we could rely on. Sanford has done so much in our community and brought so many different services in. We’re so lucky for that,” Kaci said.

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