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Custer Kids Give Piece of Hope to Sanford Patients

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Custer Elementary in Mandan is giving patients in Sanford's Infusion Center a little piece of hope.

The 5th grade class has painted around 500 rocks for patients receiving chemotherapy.

It all started when their teacher, Karen Nagel's husband, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in April.

She thought their artwork might brighten up a patient's day.

"When some of the patients were up there the other day they mentioned so many wonderful things to me about it. One gentleman said how special it was for him to get one of these rocks and he pulled it out of his pocket and it was a little tiny rock that said hope on it. People have been so wonderful about mentioning that it feels really special for them to receive this small token," Karen Nagel said.

Nagel says they will keep painting rocks for the Infusion Center all year.

She has been teaching for 35 years.

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