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justine wettschreck/Daily Globe Pat Swenson of Chandler has been living with her mother in Wirock as she battles cancer. Shown here are daughter Bobbi Jo McGowan, left, Swenson and mother Dora Biegler.

Local woman fights cancer one laugh at a time

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WIROCK -- Pat Swenson has cancer, but is more eager to discuss the handsome helicopter pilot who flew her to a Sioux Falls, S.D. hospital than to talk about the details of her disease.


After all, she's always wanted to ride in a helicopter, and having a cute pilot was just icing on the cake, as far as she's concerned.

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