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Brian Kaminski's battle with cancer

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Kaminski at Boondock Trails

Photograph By Keith Terra

"Stomach cancer has always been a part of my family history. My father was diagnosed over ten years ago and has had different procedures to try and stop the spread of the cancer. In recent years, the technology to map DNA for gene mutations has made amazing improvements. The time had come to finally find exactly what was causing this deadly gene mutation in my family's DNA. Over many months of work, the lab was able to isolate the gene mutation and now, only a simple blood test is needed to find out if you are a carrier of the gene mutation. In April of this year, I had the blood test and it came up positive," says Kaminski.