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Here Comes the Sun: A family's journey through cancer

Brian and Betsy Lucas with
their daughters, Julia and Molly

At age 34, Betsy Lucas was diagnosed with late-stage leukemia. Without treatment she had only months to live. So Betsy and her husband, Brian — along with their daughters, who were then 3 years old and 10 months old — together started a journey through chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota.

The path was far from steady, but with help from countless supporters and one particularly generous young man in Germany who donated his bone marrow, they slowly crossed days, months, and years off the calendar on the way to being cured.

Brian Lucas, who is senior director of communications for the University’s Academic Health Center, recounts his family’s story through a new book, Here Comes the Sun. He says he wanted to offer a clear and honest look at what happens when an illness throws life off track and show how a combination of science, love, and serendipity can put things right.

“This book is not just about cancer,” Lucas says. “At its heart, this is a love story. It was love for each other, for our daughters, and from those around us that kept us going.”

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