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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.


“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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