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Dylan Johnson is the Honorary Caregiver for this year's Relay for Life

For Dylan Johnson helping his mom through her battle with breast cancer was just what he had to do. For a year he helped change her bandages, feed her and kept her company during her chemotherapy appointments.

"He did everything for me," said Dylan's mom, Kim Johnson.

For his efforts, Dylan will be honored Friday at the Farmington Relay for Life as a caregiver.

At 14, Dylan seemed the unlikely one to become his mother's caregiver after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But his dad had to work and Dylan took over.

"He's unbelievable," said Kim of her son.

As she went through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstructive surgeries over the last year, Dylan he did what his mom asked him to. That included feeding her, changing her bandages and sitting with her through chemotherapy sessions.

"I think it was a lot of work and I missed a lot of school but I'm very glad I helped my mom," said Dylan.

Kim's cancer is in remission, although she has a high chance of the cancer coming back. Currently she is on an experimental drug through a University of Minnesota study which could help reduce her chances of the cancer reoccurring.

Dylan said he's honored to have been selected as an honorary caregiver and is looking forward to the event.

"It's a lot of fun," said Dylan.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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