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Breast cancer survivor Verne Johnson volunteers at the InterChurch Food Pantry. After beating cancer 10 years ago, he spends spare time volunteering at Johnson Memorial Hospital and the food pantry. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON


The phone call made him furious.

Verne Johnson’s doctor was on the other end of the line, telling him he might need a third surgery to rid him of cancer.

Johnson’s first surgery had been to remove a growth that had been found in his chest months earlier. The growth was cancerous. The second surgery was to remove Johnson’s left breast and a lymph node under his left arm.

All of this had happened within a month and a half. Now Johnson’s surgeon, who wasn’t a cancer specialist, was telling him he might need a third operation to remove more cancerous tissue.

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