|7/8/2013 1:44:00 PM|
Don and Jean Hoppe take on cancer together
For nearly 50 years, Don and Jean Hoppe have done everything together.
They grew up within four miles of one another. Don was in Dale Township and Jean, in Great Bend Township. Don graduated from Windom High School in 1960 and Jean in 1964.
Later this month, they will celebrate 47 years of marraige. They will also serve as honorary co-chairs of the Cottonwood County Relay for Life event at Cottonwood Lake.
You see, one other thing the Hoppes are doing together is fighting cancer. Six years ago, Don was diagnosed with lung cancer. Three years later, Jean was told she has melanoma.
They have leaned on each other a lot since the diagnosis. There have been countless quiet discussions, knowing discussions. They can relate.
"We are more sympathetic, I think, because we know what each of us have gone through," Jean said. "I guess it is easier to understand everything about it."
For much more on this story, see this week's Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.