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Soldier known for fight against cancer dies

ROSEMOUNT— Lt. Col. Mark Weber, the Rosemount soldier who became an inspiration to many as he battled terminal cancer for nearly three years, died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a post on his Caringbridge site.

According to the post, he died at home surrounded by family and friends, hours after hospice doctors informed him the end was near.

Weber had gained international attention since his 2010 diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer, which came shortly after he was selected to serve on the staff of Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan. He would have been military assistant to the minister of interior in President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet.

The diagnosis kept him from traveling to Afghanistan, but it did little to slow him down. He became a recruiter and promptly set records for the number of recruits he brought in.

Weber was a sought-after speaker in the final years of his life, and his positive attitude in the face of his terminal diagnosis won him admirers around the world.

He called his fight against cancer Operation True Grit and created a combat patch to go along with it.

Details on a funeral and visitation for Weber are pending.

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