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Scarlett Carlson 2, Laura Bordson and Boston Carlson, 3, sit with Jake Carlson of Hermantown, who is undergoing treatment for desmoplastic small round cell tumors, a form of soft-tissue sarcoma. He had major surgery recently. He has lost a lot of weight and still faces an uphill climb. Only 200 cases of this rare cancer have been identified in the world. (Clint Austin /

Hermantown man on an uphill climb toward healing

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For Jake Carlson, reaching the light at the end of the tunnel revealed a sharp uphill climb.


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