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Elizabeth Luiten, 4, who has leukemia, lets out a big yawn Wednesday afternoon in her room at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Elizabeth is often tired and worn down because she has a low white blood cell count. Her IVs provide antibiotics for a strep pneumonia infection. (Bob King /

Duluth family facing child’s cancer gets a little help from friends

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Elizabeth Luiten traded in a tricycle for a “big-girl bike” on Sunday, her fourth birthday. It was also a special day because she got to spend time with her favorite cousin, Ava. They’d spend every day together if they could.


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