Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Miracle mom's continuing journey after radical cancer surgery

  • Print

Five years ago, Janis Ollson was literally cut in half to remove an untreatable cancerous tumour.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., removed her leg, lower spine and half her pelvis in the lifesaving surgery.

Ollson became the first person to receive a "pogo stick" rebuild, with her one remaining leg fused to her body with the reshaped bone from the amputated leg.

Her story made headlines around the world, which included appearances on The Today Show and in People Magazine.

Today, Ollson continues to be active and cancer-free, and she's just beginning her bachelor of education studies at Red River College and University of Winnipeg.

The Free Press caught up with Ollson Friday morning as she spoke with elementary school students in her home town of Balmoral. The students are taking part in the annual Terry Fox Run, which raises money for cancer research.

Check out Saturday's Free Press for more of Janis Ollson's story.

 

video player to use on WFP
Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Kenney lashes out at Manitoba's “campaign of fear” on immigration

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Winnipeg’s best friend the dragon fly takes a break at English Gardens in Assiniboine Park Wednesday- A dragon fly can eat  food equal to its own weight in 30 minutes-Standup photo- June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local/Weather Standup- Catching rays. Prairie Dog stretches out at Fort Whyte Centre. Fort Whyte has a Prairie Dog enclosure with aprox. 20 dogs young and old. 060607.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support a proposed ban on tanning beds for youth under 18?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google