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Leland Hayes poses in front of a newly restored boat Tuesday afternoon at his home in Bemidji. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)

Leland's boat helps in the battle: Veteran builds boat while fighting cancer, donates it to Texas charity

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BEMIDJI-- Leland Hayes isn't going down without a fight.

The 72-year-old Bemidji man has faced many obstacles in his life, and is battling his biggest challenge now -- cancer. Helping him in that fight is a passion for building -- and giving back.

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