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Pete Van Hamersveld was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2009.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Marathon of Recovery
Pete Van Hamersveld vows to remain cancer free—and maintain an active lifestyle—while supporting a cure for the disease.
By Chad Arias
Staff Writer

During a routine colonoscopy, Pete Van Hamersveld awoke to the diagnosis of colon cancer.

Van Hamersveld, an alumnus and associate director of Institutional Research and Planning on campus, remembers sitting in his hospital bed hooked up to an IV and machines.

“I was always very aware that a lot people out ...

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