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Kelly Fuhrman, a lifelong nonsmoker, vows she will win her battle with a rare form of small cell lung cancer. She and her family moved to Bemidji just over a year ago as her husband, the Rev. Corey Fuhrman, answered the call to serve as senior pastor at First Lutheran Church of Bemidji. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

‘I’m going to beat this’ — Pastor’s wife, despite never smoking, battles lung cancer

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BEMIDJI — Cancer never dealt with Kelly.

The words, initially offered as encouragement and now printed on a bracelet around her wrist, have become Kelly Fuhrman’s motto as she battles a rare form of small cell lung cancer.

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“That’s kind of my philosophy,” Kelly said last week, sitting beside her husband in their home north of Bemidji. “I’m going to beat this, I am.”

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