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Miracle mom's continuing journey after radical cancer surgery

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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.

 

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