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After weeks in the ICU with a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his stomach, 9-year-old Cole Johanson's parents looked down at him in that Oregon hospital bed and they weren't sure whether their son would live or die. There was so much pain, and the boy was hardly speaking. Were they losing him?

 Then one night, Cole told his dad in a soft voice that when this was all over, he was going to do something special.

Doug Johanson had no idea what that might be.

Cancer came swiftly and viciously to the fourth grader. His stomach started growing during the summer of 2008 and he thought he must have eaten too many cheeseburgers. Then, during a family vacation in Utah, he had trouble breathing. The family went to the ER and got horrible news: it was a rare and aggressive lymphoma. Cole would need intense chemotherapy right away.

"Those weeks in the ICU were so scary," Cole said by phone on Tuesday, "because I felt so sick."

The treatment worked, and Cole began to get better. So much better, in fact, that by the time he had his Make-A-Wish day


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Hideous. But good on the kid for braving and beating cancer.

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Not for me for sure. 

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