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Patricia Edmonds

Patricia Edmonds received her initial training from Northwestern School of Practical Midwifery in Portland, Oregon, in 1977. She is one of the founding mothers of the Oregon Midwifery Council and has been the editor of Birthing for 15 years. Her two children were both born at home. Though Patricia attempted retirement, she now continues, with passion, to do birthwork as a midwife.

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Judy Edmunds

Judy Edmunds, CPM, RNC, LM, CH, is a certified professional midwife licensed in the state of Oregon. She has been practicing independently since 1980. Judy is also a registered nutritional consultant and chartered herbalist. As an HIV/AIDS consultant, certified HIV testing counselor and partner notification specialist, she keeps busy researching, developing and teaching disease prevention programs. She also enjoys teaching emergency response techniques such as CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation, First Aid and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics. She has been certified as an instructor for the American Red Cross, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Heart Association. Judy writes in her "spare" time.

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Valerie El Halta

Valerie El Halta, midwife, is retiring after 28 years and close to 3,000 babies. She offers gratitude and appreciation to all who have supported her through these years as friends, clients, teachers and students.

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Cornelia Enning

Cornelia Enning has been a licensed midwife in Germany since 1972 and has attended homebirths and waterbirths since 1975. She is the founder of the German parents association "Wasserbabies" and editor of the quarterly Wasserbaby-Post. Cornelia is the author of Placenta: The Gift of Life (Motherbaby Press), as well as several books on waterbirth. She directs the German Federation of Aquapaedagogik, instructs parents in water training for newborns and has taught waterbirth midwifery to more than 4000 midwives and obstetricians. Cornelia has two adult children and one granddaughter.

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Jane Evans

Jane Evans qualified as a midwife in 1976 and after spending some time in the Consultant Unit, was a community midwife for thirteen years. She began her independent practice in 1991, and continues to extend her experience with VBAC, twins, breech, homebirth and waterbirth.

Sharon Evans

Sharon Evans is a Certified Professional Midwife, midwifery educator and teacher of the natural healing arts. [PHOTO BY NATALIE FORBIS]

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Anne Frye

Anne Frye resides in Portland, Oregon, where she devotes her full-time attention to writing and publishing textbooks for the midwifery community, among them Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, now in its 6th edition, Healing Passage, A Midwife’s Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth, in its 5th edition, Quick Reference Cards for Newborns with Problems, the Suturing Techniques for Midwives video, Holistic Midwifery, A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. I: Care during Pregnancy and Holistic Midwifery, A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. II: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor through the First Hours after Birth. She holds an independent study BA degree in Holistic Midwifery and has been a midwife since 1981. [ PHOTO BY RICARDO HERBERT JONES ]

Jennifer Gallardo

Jennifer Gallardo, CPM, LDM, is a midwife and the founder and director of the Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Portland, Oregon. She founded the original Andaluz Waterbirth Center in Guatemala in 1995. She was inspired to promote waterbirth as a result of her own experience with hospital birth. "I was elated about having a child," she writes. "But I was very disappointed in my birth experience… I ended up with a Pitocin-induced birth, flat on my back, drugged out." Jennifer trained as a midwife in Guatemala City, as well as through the Seattle Midwifery School Challenge and the North American Registry of Midwives exam. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, Fernando, and their five children.

Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, CPM, is the founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee (USA). She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery (1975) and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (2003). Ina May’s new book (2011) is called Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. She was president of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) from 1996 to 2002, and is a prominent national and international speaker. She has been a homebirth midwife since 1971. [ PHOTO BY ANDREA NOLL ]

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Stephen Gaskin

Stephen Gaskin led a discussion at Monday Night Class from 1966 until 1970, beginning on the campus of San Francisco State College and ending at San Francisco’s famous rock hall, The Family Dog. He also led a caravan of 50 school buses around the USA for a 42-city lecture tour, culminating in the founding of The Farm intentional community near Summertown, Tennessee. He was also the founder of The Farm’s overseas relief and development organization, Plenty, for which he received the First Right Livelihood Award, called in Europe the Alternative Nobel Prize. He released a spoken word album titled the Great Western Tour in 1974 and authored a dozen books. He was the husband of midwife Ina May Gaskin. Stephen passed away on July 1, 2014, at the age of 79.

Carol Gautschi

Carol Gautschi, CPM, LM, has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a Traditional Holistic Midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because in addition to teaching the nuts and bolts of her subject, she emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship not just with the mom but the baby. Carol believes that the unseen world is more real than the seen, especially with regard to birth.

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is co-founder of the Washington Alliance of Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

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Lisa Goldstein

Lisa Goldstein, BFA, LM, RN, CNM, has been attending homebirths since 1958. Her three sons were born at home. She has lived in the western North Carolina mountains for since the early 1970s and in 1983 became North Carolina’s only legal non-nurse midwife. In the 1990s, she became an RN and then completed the CNEP program for nurse-midwifery, becoming a CNM in 1998. She currently works at Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, as well as her own office, The Fern Kingham Memorial Women’s Health Center and Birth Apartment. She attends births at home, the birth apartment and Spruce Pine Community Hospital. Lisa has also incorporated her knowledge of herbal and homeopathic remedies into her midwifery practice.

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Mikhail Golovach

Mikhail Golovach, neurologist, is one of the founders of the interregional public organization “MAMA,” and a member of an organization working to preserve the rights of “invalids with consequences of cerebral spastic infantile paralysis.” He is the author of hundreds of articles on the modern high-tech approach to childbirth and obstetrical aggression, and the violation this is of the physiology of birth. He is a supporter of natural birth.

Diane Goslin

Diane Goslin, CPM, has been practicing since 1978. To date she has been the midwife for the births of over 6000 babies. She is the mother of 5 and grandmother of 12. She has primarily served in rural communities with a large portion of her practice among the Amish. In her diverse experience she has attended VBACs, twins and breech babies and also seen many anomalies and complications. Diane has trained over 40 student midwives. She resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she currently practices.

Carol Gray

Carol Gray, Midwife, LMT, practices and teaches Perinatal Craniosacral Therapy in Portland, Oregon. Carol is especially passionate about getting CST skills into the hands of midwives and others who attend births and those who treat moms and babies. Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker since 1990. She has attended births for more than 30 years—at first as a doula and since 2000 as a homebirth midwife. Carol is a pioneer, integrating CST into prenatal/postpartum care and the birthplace.

Tine Greve

Tine Greve received her midwifery education in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1991 and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2000. She has been working in an alternative birth-care (ABC) unit in Oslo, Norway, since 1997. Tine also started the first breastfeeding counseling clinic in Norway in 2000. She has recently been working part-time at the National Breastfeeding Center in Oslo.

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Alexandra Gurevich

Alexandra Gurevich, midwife, healer and water trainer, is a founder of the Healthy Family club, mother to three children and grandmother to six grandchildren. In the mid-1970s, along with her husband, Aaron, Alexandra began the study of natural healing methods and the "test for yourself" method of education—promoting a more harmonious development of children and adults. After becoming acquainted with Igor Charkovsky, Alexandra began to support births.

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Judith Elaine Halek

Judith Elaine Halek is the founder and director of Birth Balance, an East Coast resource center for underwater birth, started in 1987. One of the original labor support doulas in New York City, she has pioneered alternative choices in childbirth throughout the tri-state area. Judith is a birth photographer, consultant and counselor, massage and fitness therapist, writer, educator, speaker and producer of 39 documentaries on "alternatives in childbirth." Judith lives in NYC, where she has been since 1982, with her deaf 19-year-old cat, Venus. Her passions are photography and writing.

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Fiona Hallinan

Fiona Hallinan claims to be unashamedly proud of being a “pelvic geek.” As a midwife, she has worked in private and public midwifery settings. She was involved in graduate midwifery programs in hospitals for some years. Fiona and Jenny Blyth have been teaching Birthwork Workshops for many years separately and now enjoy each other’s company and perspectives when they teach together. Their focus is on helping women to learn about their own bodies.

Fiona also teaches Internal Vaginal Massage to women preparing for birth, to women healing from birth, to women with trauma unrelated to birth, and to women who are curious about their “sacred space.” This work is taught in a private environment 1:1 or with a woman’s partner present.

Salem Hamilton

Salem Hamilton is a midwife with strong connections in Costa Rica now living in Philadelphia. She has some creative plans for the conference in Costa Rica in 2007. She will have each participant contribute to the making of a batik that will be done at the conference. She also has an organization called Birth without Borders.

Uma Handa

Uma Handa has a BS and an MSc in Nursing with specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. She has worked in the field of nursing since 1974, in nursing educational institutions in both the conventional and distance system, as well as in national and international health agencies. Countries in which she has worked include Sri Lanka, UK, Bangladesh and South Africa (University of Namibia—UNAM). She has received many special awards throughout her career. She speaks English, Hindi (her mother tongue), as well as Punjabi and Marathi.

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Merrie Handfinger

Dr. R. Merrie Handfinger graduated from the Swedish Institute for Massage in 1976 adding Shiatsu, Polarity and Reiki training. She has continued her education and is now a Chiropractor, graduating FROM THE Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1985, practicing a blend of Sacro Occipital and Diversified techniques in New York City.

Mette Ness Hansen

Mette Ness Hansen, a midwife and an acupuncturist, works at an Oslo, Norway, breastfeeding centre with the Baby-friendly Initiative, in addition to providing prenatal care.

Toril Hanson

Toril Hanson works as a teacher at the midwifery school in Tromsoe, Norway. She is the contact for the Saami Midwives. She also produced the film Giving Birth in Northern Landscape.

Penni Harmon

Penni Harmon, CNM, graduated from Yale Nurse-Midwifery Program in 1980. She previously had a homebirth practice in Eugene, Oregon, and a practice in Long Island, New York. She now works and teaches at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper, RN, founder and director of Waterbirth International Resource and Referral Service, has been researching and documenting waterbirth and gentle birth since 1983. Midwives and parents alike have called her videos "the most inspiring birth videos ever produced." Her newest book, Waterbirth: Embracing the Miracle, will be available in 2005. An internationally recognized expert, she lectures and consults with hospitals and universities throughout the world. The Oregonian newspaper referred to her as "the Billy Graham of waterbirth."

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Gail Hart

Gail Hart graduated from a midwifery training program as a Certified Practical Midwife in 1977. She has held a variety of certifications over the years; she was a Certified Midwife through the Oregon Midwifery Council, and an LDEM in the state of Oregon. She is now "semi-retired," and no longer maintains her license, but still keeps active with a small community practice. Gail is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding.

Harriette Hartigan

Harriette Hartigan is a photographic artist, writer, producer and midwife. She is a frequent speaker at Midwifery Today conferences where her visual shows and lectures are must-attends. Since 1975 Harriette has been bringing to sight the exquisite experience of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, guided by the awe and reverence one feels in the presence of the sacred.

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Carla Hartley

Carla Hartley created the first distance academic program for midwives in 1981. She is the author of Helping Hands: The Apprentice Workbook, which was first published in 1988. In 2005, Carla founded the Trust Birth Initiative and Birthtruth on Labor Day individual advocacy events. Carla is the mother of four and Baba to eight, with one on the way.

Jane Hassinger

Jane Hassinger is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Women’s Studies and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice at the University of Michigan.

Hermine Hayes-Klein

Hermine Hayes-Klein is an American lawyer and the director of the Bynkershoek Research Center for Reproductive Rights in The Hague, the Netherlands. In 2012 she organized the “Human Rights in Childbirth” conference in The Hague. Hermine now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two young sons, who were born at home in Holland. Her work now focuses on legal issues surrounding childbirth, including the defense of midwives.

Leah Hazard

Leah Hazard is a doula, mother of two and author of The Father’s Home Birth Handbook. For more information, please visit www.homebirthbook.com.

Els Hendrix

Els Hendrix was born at home in Belgium in 1977. She completed her midwifery education in Hasselt, Belgium, in 2001. She worked in a homebirth practice in the Netherlands for a year and a half. Since 2003 she has worked as a teacher in the midwifery college in Hasselt, Belgium, where she plays a leading role in implementing problem-based learning. Her focus is on scientific research, evidence-based practice, midwifery models, primary health care and homebirth practices. In 2006 Els obtained her Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Leena Henionen

Leena Henionen is a Finnish midwife who teaches at the midwifery school in Oslo. She played a central role in collection and presentation of evidence for waterbirth that led to performing waterbirths at the hospital from 1995. She also worked hard on the ABC concept from 1989-–1995.

Renata Hillman

Renata Hillman is a Traditional Midwife, serving Mothers along the gulf coast, as midwife and educator. She is mother to three and midwife to her first granddaughter. She is the Chairman of the Board for Midwives Alliance of Mississippi (MAM). She dreams of the day when midwifery is once again a respected calling in American society and mothers have many from which to choose.

Pamela Hines (Powell)

Pamela Hines (Powell), CPM, is ending her 11-year midwifery practice this year. She is looking forward to teaching and writing about unhindered birth and midwifery issues while going back to school to work towards a Master’s in Public Health. She lives in Salem, Oregon.

Jerri Hobdy

Jerri Hobdy, CNM, has been involved in midwifery education and practice since graduating from Columbia University in 1978. She has worked in hospital, clinic, community and private practices in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She has also been a Registered Midwife in Cambridge, England. Jerri has worked to improve the midwifery education options and alternatives in both traditional and distance learning programs at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Frontier School of Nursing/Community-Based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program and the Institute of Midwifery, Women, and Health.

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Peggy Holtzman

Peggy Holtzman is a psychotherapist with Family Therapy Associates in Ann Arbor. She is certified as an EMDR therapist and incorporates EMDR in her work assisting people in healing from physical, emotional and/or sexual trauma.

Diane Holzer

Diane Holzer, CPM, is a homebirth midwife of over 20 years and also practices as physician’s assistant in a rural healthcare clinic. She has been actively involved with Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) for over 16 years and has been on the faculty at Maternidad La Luz, a midwifery training program, for over 10 years. She has been the regional representative for the Americas and is the current president of MANA.

Mary Hostetler

Mary Hostetler, a Mennonite midwife, serves the plain community in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and is a midwife you can cuddle up to. She has a great capacity to love! She attended her first birth in 1956 and "got amniotic fluid in her shoes" (she says we all do)...and the rest is herstory!

Jenna Houston

Jenna Houston, MS, CNM, has been a practicing midwife since 1971 when called to attend births in Woodstock NY area and working in alternative lifestyle communities. She is a self-taught herbalist in the wise-woman tradition and a childbirth activist since the early childbirth reform movement. She attended homebirths for 14 years before attending a formal midwifery school and becoming a CNM, marrying her (Ob/Gyn) husband, and starting a mom and pop home-based women’s health practice in upstate New York. For 15 years they practiced together attending births in home, hospital and free-standing birth center settings. Jenna has also worked internationally in Jamaica, India and Guatemala and started a birth and women’s health center in Guatemala where she was founder and director of Midwives for Midwives and Women’s Health International.

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Annette Huitfeldt

Annette Huitfeldt has been a midwife in Norway for nearly 20 years. She has a homebirth practice, in addition to working at the National Breastfeeding Centre in Oslo on the Baby-friendly Initiative. She is planning a new birthing centre in Oslo. In addition to working in prenatal care for many years, Annette also worked on the WHO growth reference study from 1999–2002.

Lieve Huybrechts

Lieve Huybrechts has been a midwife since 1980. After working in a hospital delivery ward for almost 20 years, she became disenchanted with the medicalisation of birth and became an independent midwife in 1999. She now assists with approximately 60 homebirths a year, teaches prenatal classes, and provides postpartum care and breastfeeding counseling. She is actively involved with the independent midwives of Belgium and works to facilitate natural birth and breastfeeding, among other activities.

Ekaterina Ivanova

Ekaterina Ivanova, a midwife and mother of eight children, is an expert on the ancient practices of the Karelian midwives of northern Europe. After 20 years of practice, Ekaterina has assisted more than 1000 births in hospitals, as well as outside the medical establishment. She believes motherhood is the greatest happiness given to a woman.

Ursula Jahn-Zoehrens

Ursula Jahn-Zoehrens has been a midwife since 1987. After her exams she worked in hospital for 1-1/2 years, then worked as an independent midwife in Bad Wildbad, Germany, doing all kinds of births, including homebirths. Ursula says she can no longer offer homebirths because of the high cost of the insurance. She has written two books for parents.

Marilyn Jeffs

Marilyn Jeffs is a pediatric nurse and parent/child educator who teaches group and individual parenting classes in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Linda B. Jenkins

Linda B. Jenkins, RN, has taught in a variety of capacities—from ghetto schools to the Spanish-speaking community to doctors. She has researched and filmed births in the US, South and Central America, Europe, Japan, South Africa and Borneo. To learn more about Linda visit www.birthprep.com or e-mail her directly at jenxl@aol.com.

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Jennie Joseph

Jennie Joseph is a licensed midwife and owner of The Birth Place Birthing Center in Orlando, Florida. She was born, raised and educated in England and moved to Florida in 1989. She started her midwifery career in London in 1979 and has since been active in the childbearing arena. Jennie is the Chair of the State of Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery, former Director of The School of Complementary Medicine-Midwifery Program and Clinical Director of The Birth Place.

Lene Karlsrud

Lene Karlsrud works as a midwife at Fredrikstad hospital, which has three delivery units: high risk, low risk and birthing centre. She works at the birthing centre.

Agnès Keller

Agnès Keller was born in 1961. She is a music teacher and mother of four children, and has been at the head of an association which helps parents and future parents since 1991. She has been a doula since 2002, and has developed the use of sound during pregnancy and labor. She sings with women during their pregnancy, and after the birth she sings with the whole family. She demonstrates that sound is powerful—that the fetus not only can hear but also can feel sounds, and that sound can help both mother and child during labor. Sound is not only "material" in nature—it is also (and maybe first) energy and spirituality.

Sally Kelly

Sally Kelly came to midwifery later in life as a direct entry midwife based in the UK. Throughout, and despite her midwifery training, she managed to maintain her strong belief and trust in the physiological birth process. She works in London in the NHS as an autonomous practitioner and is well supported by her Trust. Her passion for normality led her to seek like-minded midwives, so she joined the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM) where she served on the steering committee and also as one of the UK representatives for the European Midwives Association (EMA).

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Mavis Kirkham

Mavis Kirkham is part-time Professor of Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland and holds honorary professorial positions at Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Technology Auckland and the University of Technology Sydney.

Approaching the end of a long career as a researcher and a clinical midwife, she is interested in reflecting and writing on midwifery in its wider context. Her central professional concern is with normal birth: the conditions which foster it and its enabling impact upon mothers, families and midwives. She is fascinated by how birth stories are negotiated and adjusted and the impact of these stories on tellers and hearers. She has a career-long interest in how people cope—as mothers and as workers; she has co-authored Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief with Doreen Kenworthy.

Phyllis Klaus

Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. She teaches and practices at the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, California, and also practices in Berkeley, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families, children and groups. She has worked with the concerns, both medical and psychosocial, of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period for the past 30 years, and has been involved in research and training of maternity caregivers. She is also a founder of DONA International.

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Michele Klein

Michele Klein authored the National Jewish Book Award winner A Time to Be Born: Customs and folklore of Jewish birth (Jewish Publication Society).

Natalia Kotlar

Natalia Kotlar, PhD, has assisted with the birth of more than 2000 babies over the past 16 years. Her practice is based on the methodology of Marina Dadasheva Campbell Drown, Igor Charkovsky and Michel Odent.

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Jennifer Kozlow-Rodriguez

Jennifer Kozlow-Rodriguez, ICCE (ICEA), is director of Previda, a childbirth and parenting center and president of the Association for the Betterment of Maternity Services (AMSEMA). Jennifer is editor of the childbirth magazine Padres de Hoy.

Vijaya Krishnan

Vijaya Krishnan, CPM, DPT, MS, LCCE, FACCE, is a Certified Professional Midwife, co-founder and Director of Healthy Mother Wellness & Care and the leading official Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in India. She is a graduate of the Midwifery Program from National College of Midwifery, USA. Dr. Vijaya is the only Indian to be awarded the Certified Professional Midwife certification by the North American Registry of Midwives, the certification body for direct entry midwives. The LCCE certification is awarded by Lamaze International, the world’s leading organization that supports, promotes and protects Natural Birth.

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Mary Kroeger

Mary Kroeger, CNM, MPH, was a nurse midwife from 1980 to 2004. Mary held a Masters degree in Public Health and wrote regularly for Midwifery Today, most recently contributing Maiden Midwives, a series of interviews with aspiring midwives. Mary died on December 15 after more than a year battling cancer.

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