A very special event took place this past week at Lakeview High School in Cottonwood. On Tuesday, April 11, Jared Stevens, a 17 year old junior and cancer survivor, was surprised with a gift of a 2017 Arctic Cat snowmobile courtesy of the Minnesota Make-A-Wish Foundation. Stevens was pulled into an office at the school while the entire student body lined up in the commons area. The snowmobile was brought to the entrance doors. Stevens had no idea what was going on when he left the office and saw his friends and fellow students waiting for him.
Amid cheers and clapping, Stevens was directed to the school entrance where his new snowmobile was waiting. Overcome with emotion, Stevens was given a new Team Arctic Cat snowmobile jacket, climbed onto the trailer, and fired up the sled as his friends and family cheered him on. Last June, Stevens was diagnosed with brain cancer after a CAT scan showed a large, perfectly heart-shaped tumor in the center of his brain slightly above the brain stem. The first time he really felt something was wrong was after he played in a softball game at Hanley Falls. “I played the best game ever. I went home and went to bed, and when I woke up the next morning, it hit me,” said Stevens. He was tired all the time, suffered from headaches, severe neck pain and stiffness, and he was soon throwing up constantly. His doctor immediately ordered the CAT scan that discovered the tumor. It was decided that surgery had to be performed quickly.
The surgery took place at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Stevens underwent a total of six…
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