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Tyghe Nielsen, a former Kansas University swim team member, gives Ansley Ross, 6, of Overland Park, a ride at the Drown Out Cancer Swim-A-Thon held on Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Nielsen organized the event to raise money for the KU Cancer Center and the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. Three years ago, Nielsen was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer with metastasis to his liver, a cancer with only an 8 percent chance to be alive five years after a diagnosis.

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