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Firefighter Facing Cancer Battle

April 25, 2014, 7:29 AM

Firefighter Facing Cancer Battle
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Flames, water rescues, and structural collapses; a Sioux Falls firefighter has seen it all.

Though Dustin Luebke is no stranger to facing challenges, he's now battling one of his biggest obstacles yet: Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  His treatment includes chemo, but he wasn't able to get it on Thursday.

Dustin Luebke: Today I had elevated liver enzymes, which, if they're too high, we're not able to do chemo.  It's just a precaution, so we don't do any permanent damage to any organs, so once we're done, I'm healthier than when I went in.

Brady Mallory: You have a good prognosis, and you're so upbeat and positive, what's getting you through this and how are you doing?

Luebke: We have a great support team through my work at Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, my church, and my family.  That helps out a lot.

Mallory: You brought up my next question.  The thing you need to know about Dustin is he's a pretty hardcore firefighter.  Tell me a little bit about what you do and how your training prepares you to go up against this kind of battle.

Luebke: We're trained to take on every situation head-on, and to adapt to the situation and overcome the obstacle.  You know, basically beat it.  That's what we're doing with the cancer as well.  We're just going just going to adapt what we need to, overcome this, and beat it.  In the end, it will be all good.

Mallory: Cancer is not going to stop you, is it?

Luebke: No.  It might slow me down, but it's not going to stop me.

KELOLAND's Brady Mallory has his story in tonight's EYE on KELOLAND.

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