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Bemidji State University graduate and former BSU junior varsity hockey player Pat Forte enjoys a summer day last year in Eveleth with his son, Nico. Forte, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer eight years ago, recently gave an inspirational keynote speech at the Eveleth-Gilbert hockey banquet about how sports has helped him overcome hardship. Greg Schulzetenberg | Mesabi Daily News

BSU grad inspires young athletes with his story

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Scott Gerdes

Mesabi Daily News

EVELETH -- "Live for today, because tomorrow is guaranteed to nobody."

Eveleth native and Bemidji State graduate Pat Forte tells himself that every day. He knows the truth of those words. He knows because of adversity. He's staring it right in the face and tangling with it head on ... full force with locked horns. And he's conquering it.

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