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Siblings Carey Hogenson (from left), Jeff Bright and Jenny Falk, all of Two Harbors, have lost close relatives to pancreatic cancer. Jenny started “Go Big or Go Home,” a Northland-based team of runners affiliated with Team Hope, a national running program connected to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Jeff Bright and his sister, Jenny Falk, are running the half marathon Saturday while Carey Hogenson is running the Irvin 5K on Friday night. (Clint Austin /

Northland runners to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer during Grandma’s Marathon weekend

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Hard as it is to believe now, there was a time when Jenny Falk knew little about pancreatic cancer.

Despite its brutality and proliferation — pancreatic cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States in 2013 — Falk hardly had considered the indiscriminate disease.


“I knew nothing about it until I started experiencing it,” she said recently.

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