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By Chris Conte

Demolition derby drivers honor toddler battling cancer


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)-- A Stewartville toddler battling stage 4 neuroblastoma got a very special tribute from one driver at the Olmsted County fair's demolition derby Wednesday night.

"He's been through six rounds of chemo already, stem cell transplant and radiation," says RJ Hanson's mom Barbara.

Two-year-old RJ Hanson was diagnosed with cancer back in January, since then he's been in and out of the hospital countless times.

"He's a fighter," his mom notes.

Chris Gleason lives next door to the Hanson's, he also drives cars in the demolition derby. So as a tribute to RJ he painted "RJ's hope for a cure" on the roof of his car and raced it in his honor Wednesday night.

"He's been through more as a 3 year old, than most people see in a lifetime, he's a tough little guy," Gleason notes.

Doctors have managed to get rid of RJ's cancer and are hopeful with more treatments he'll stay in remission.

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