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Published March 26, 2011, 06:51 PM

Benefit Helps Grand Forks Man in Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

A Grand Forks man got to see just how many people support him and his family as he battles pancreatic cancer. The benefit, held at the American Legion in East Grand Forks, brought together hundreds of people for the cause.

A Grand Forks man got to see just how many people support him and his family as he battles pancreatic cancer. The benefit, held at the American Legion in East Grand Forks, brought together hundreds of people for the cause.

Randy Trontvet was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, leaving him and his family in shock.

"It's always very scary hearing the "C" word and when we heard, it was dealing with those situations and dealing with it in our minds," Randy's wife Joycelyn said.

The family bought Nelson Business Forms a little over a year ago, but with Randy's health and frequent visits to the hospital, it's hard for them to keep up.

"They found a tumor on the bile duct of his pancreas, so he's been undergoing chemo and radiation and some exploratory surgery. The tumor isn't ready to be taken out, so he has to do more chemo," Joycelyn said.

"It's been such a roller coaster emotionally and physically and it gets very difficult," Randy's daughter Kelsey said.

With more chemo comes more expenses, one reason family and friends planned a benefit with a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and people donating a day or half a day of their earnings to the family.

"I mean honestly we had no idea what to expect. 200-300 would have been amazing. But the amount of people here is unbelievable. You can barely walk around, it's phenomenal," Randy's son Brayden said.

The past eight months have been rough for the family, but seeing all the support is giving the Trontvets hope for the future knowing how many stand behind them.

"We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome," Brayden said.

"People have traveled from all over. We have a friend that flew up from Miami that my husband worked with and it's just been overwhelming.

Randy did make it to the benefit but had to leave early because of health reasons," Joycelyn said.

Donations can be made at any Bremer Bank location under Team Trontvet Benefit.

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