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Jeff Charles Erickson was able to meet his first grandson, be at his daughter’s wedding and walk her down the aisle, all in 2019. He congratulated his third child, Jeremy, when he graduated college in 2018.

Even though Jeff was struggling with cancer over the past five years, the family was not prepared for his death, his daughter Brittany Erickson said.

Jeff had received a bone marrow transplant to help fight his lymphoblastic leukemia four years prior from his donor, Brittany Alana Cole. The last several years he was alive that were made possible because of the transplant were “very special,” Brittany Erickson said.

Brittany, Jeremy and their older brother Matthew lost two parental figures within eight days. Brittany and Matthew lost their mother Julie Oesau after she died of peritoneal cancer June 6. Then Jeff, father of all three, died on Monday from leukemia complications connected to his career as a Caledonia firefighter. He was 56.

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When Andrea Beaugrand-Jorgensen was diagnosed with colon cancer in February at the age of 39, there were things she did not have, like health insurance.

Working part-time, she did not have $800/month to buy into her employer’s benefits package.

However, as is typical of people who are genuine and kind, she was rich in people who loved her.

Beaugrand-Jorgensen’s friends and family did not want to just talk about supporting her, they wanted to do something really meaningful to ease her situation.

The first effort, a GoFundMe page, was launched in late February by Malacara and has raised about $23,000 to date, helping cover medical costs and also a trip for Beaugrand-Jorgensen to take to Disney World with her daughter.

And that was just the start of it.