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Run for all: Appleton family spins family struggle into a positive

9:04 PM, Feb. 9, 2013
Brian and Laura Gruender, with 8-month-old son Miles, prepare lunch for their three other children at their home in Appleton. The Gruenders volunteer with Snowdrop Foundation, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer, which includes an upcoming October event with a 165-mile run from LaCrosse to Neenah.
Brian and Laura Gruender, with 8-month-old son Miles, prepare lunch for their three other children at their home in Appleton. The Gruenders volunteer with Snowdrop Foundation, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer, which includes an upcoming October event with a 165-mile run from LaCrosse to Neenah.
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Brian Gruender did not know how a serious health scare would affect his family.

His daughter was born with a nevus on the top of her head that doctors anticipated would turn into melanoma. Between the ages of 1 and 3 she underwent eight removal surgeries at Chicago's Children's Hospital.

Though the nevus was found to be non-cancerous, the scare helped Gruender and his wife, Laura, see firsthand how cancer impacts families. ...

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