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Published September 05, 2010, 10:06 PM

Malm Family Staying Strong

A former Grand Forks Red River hockey coach and his family have been through a lot since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost a year ago.

A former Grand Forks Red River hockey coach and his family have been through a lot since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost a year ago.

Next week friends and family will show their support for Matt Malm.

Matt Malm was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor almost a year ago, and after his first couple surgeries there were still concerns.

"Our first thought was the 2nd craneotomy when they didn't get it out, our concern was what is that 10-percent going to be doing over time." Matt's wife Roanne Malm said.

Matt has had cancer treatments in Minneapolis and now back here in Grand Forks. The Malms say they have to take it day by day and sometimes things get hard.

"In late April I had a seizure, like three of them in a row apparently. By law if you have a seizure you can't drive. That's driving me crazy." Matt Malm said.

The Malm's say they have had a lot of help from family and friends. Whether it's giving Matt rides to the clinic or bringing meals to the house, they say they don't know what they would do without the help.

"I'm very grateful, we're very very fortunate and very overwhelmed." Roanne said.

An upcoming benefit at South Middle School where Matt used to teach was put together by friends, and they say it's there way of helping out.

"It's important to just let them know we're there for them, we care about what's happening. Just do whatever we possibly can to support them." family friend Anne Compton said.

The Malm family says although there have been ups and downs, they try to keep looking on the bright side.

"I just admire Matt's positive attitude, he's told both of our kids several times it is what it is, it's out of our control. He's a husband, a brother, he's a son and he's just a lot of wonderful things. I'm just very blessed everyday to be with him." Roanne said.

The Matt Malm benefit is next Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at South Middle School in Grand Forks.

There will be a silent auction and meal.

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