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Mayor: I'm doing this for my dad

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Ten years ago, Mike Huether's father Mynard was diagnosed with Lung Cancer which spread quickly to his brain. Ten days later, he was gone.

"I hate smoking. It killed my dad and it's going to kill your dad, your brother, your mom. It's a habit that is going to kill you and when it does, everyone will miss you dearly," Mayor Mike Huether said.

That's why he's taking a stand against this disease, bringing awareness to the rest of the city hoping to prevent it.

It's a combined effort through the American Cancer Society, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, the City of Sioux Falls, Citibank, First PREMIER Bank & PREMIER Bankcard, and Sanford Health.

"If we can find out, that's the key to finding what it is we can do to prevent cancer and that's why this is so important," Denise Kolba said.

"I miss him. Anything I can do to try and help let others know there's a good chance your family, your friends are going to be impacted by this disease called cancer," Huether said.

While Huether knows he can't bring his dad back, there's a message he wants to pass along.

"He told me, he goes 'Mike, I wish there was some way I could reach out to young people and adults alike and tell them about the evils associated with the smoking habit'. He never got a chance other than he told me. So it's part of my life's journey to share his story and journey to make his wish come true," Huether said.

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join this historic study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.

To learn more about this study just click the link on the left side of your screen.

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