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Lewiston pastor continues her long fight with cancer


LEWISTON, Minn. (KTTC)-- Thousands of people will be taking to the streets in Lewiston for the Fool's Five Road Race on Sunday, among the faces in the crowd will be a 34-year-old pastor from Lewiston battling cancer for the third time.

"I was declared cancer free at my one year check up," says Pastor Leah McDowell.

McDowell has been a pastor at Saint Paul's UCC/ELCA Church in Lewiston for the past two years. As soon as she began leading the Church, her cancer hit. First it was a tumor in her upper thigh, then a second one under her right arm which doctors believe is now metastasizing.

Inside the quite confides of her church's sanctuary Friday morning, McDowell admitted, "It's not fair, it's not fair and I've stood up and said those very words on a Sunday morning, it's not fair."

On Sunday, right after Mass, Pastor Leah along with thousands of others touched by cancer will take to the streets of Lewiston to raise money for cancer research.

"We don't want this, we want to be rid of it, I hope we can run it over on the street on Sunday," says Race Director Dianne Rislow.

Rislow is also one of Pastor Leah's faithful parishioners.

"It's not fair, it's not fair and we always wonder why and what are we to learn from this?" says Rislow.

Seems she has been listening on Sunday mornings.

"They come for whatever's on their heart and whatever makes them feel good," adds Rislow.

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