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Make a Wish recipient celebrates being cancer free

Submitted Photo Mason Stehley, 11, Minot, a Make a Wish North Dakota recipient, was declared cancer free this month and able to “Ring the Bell’ to observe this success. His grandparents gave a surprise party to honor him.

Mason Stehley, an 11-year-old Make a Wish North Dakota recipient from Minot, celebrated being cancer free with a “Ring the Bell” observance this month.

“He was able to ‘Ring the Bell’ – which is wonderful,” said Make a Wish Foundation North Dakota granter Dawn Roness of Minot.

Mason, son of Tim and Jodee Stehley, Minot, had childhood leukemia. It was 1,254 days from when he was diagnosed to the end of treatment and he was in the hospital six times (42 days). Vitalant held many blood donation drives for Mason.

Mason’s sisters, Shelby and Caydence, were very supportive of their brother, said their grandmother, Linda Randolph, Minot.

On March 11, Mason was declared cancer free at the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. On March 14, his grandparents, Scott and Linda Randolph, held a surprise party for him with family members and Make a Wish and Vitalant representatives when he was able to “Ring the Bell.”

Roness said Mason was her first Make a Wish kid and Brenda Artz, Minot, who holds blood drives in memory of her own son, was co-granter.

Mason’s wish to the organization was to go to Florida to visit Universal Studio. In September 2018, his Make a Wish Reveal Party was held at Berry Acres Pumpkin Patch, west of Minot, and shortly after he and his family went to Florida.

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