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BSU student raising funds for cancer research

Erik Ludwinski, the Bemidji State University student who is winning his three-time fight against cancer, is raising money for pediatric cancer research.

Ludwinski will take part in the seventh annual Time to Fly Run/Walk event at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul June 27.

His goal, according to his CaringBridge Web site, is to raise $3,000. The money raised will benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations raised by Sunday, June 21.

Children's Cancer Research Fund supports cutting-edge research in pediatric cancer and has raised more than $100 million to help children with cancer throughout the past 28 years.

Ludwinski has been battling Stage IV neuroblastoma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Diagnosed at 6, he was cancer-free for 13 years before it returned in 2005 and then again in late 2006.

He was the first in the world in 2005 to undergo total marrow irradiation, in which every bone in his body was infused with high doses of radiation.

His scans currently show that there is less than 1 percent of tumor growth in his bone marrow. He now is on a steady dose of low chemo and lots of drugs. He will be on the regiment indefinitely - until a cure is found.

After celebrating two periods of No Evidence of Disease and two subsequent relapses, Ludwinski remains focused on living his life one day at a time and working toward earning his BSU diploma.

Anyone interested in contributing toward his cause should go online to

Interested individuals also may learn more about Ludwinski's story on his Web page at