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Naomi Latt is pictured with a frog from her vast collection. She was stunned when she arrived at the hospital for chemotherapy and learned she was on a floor filled with frogs at the Amplatz Children's Hospital. Submitted photo

18-year-old Naomi Latt has a yearlong battle ahead of her

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Just four weeks ago, doctors told 18-year-old Naomi Latt of Hastings that she had cancer. What had started as pain in her hip ended with the sobering diagnosis and the realization that she'd have to drop out of college as she battled what is known as Ewing's sarcoma.


Naomi and her parents, David and Barbara, drove from the doctor's office to her college dorm room at the University of St. Thomas. They packed up her belongings and moved her home.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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