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John Gegen is pictured in the middle during a family vacation to Hawaii, which was made possible by Make-A-Wish Minnesota. He is pictured with his parents Jon and Shelly and his brothers Michael and Jeffrey. Submitted photo

Gegen's wish comes true: With a clean bill of health, 6-year-old John Gegen took his family on a week-long trip to Hawaii

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While 6-year-old John “Mikko” Gegen fought his cancer in a room at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, he had a big decision to make. The Hastings boy had been told by Make-A-Wish Minnesota that he’d be able to ask for anything he wanted for him and his family. They told him to wish big, and that was something that John was having a hard time grasping.


Then, inspiration came in the way of a poster.

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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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