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Paul Richard, president of Sanford Medical Center Fargo, is battling a rare form of cancer that was discovered when he went in for a routine heart screen. David Samson / The Forum

'A pretty lucky guy': Fargo Sanford president's routine heart screen catches cancer early

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FARGO – Paul Richard wasn’t an obvious candidate for a heart screen. Heart disease didn’t run rampantly in the family and he felt healthy.


But he decided to get one anyway out of professional curiosity. As the president of Sanford Medical Center, he wanted to know firsthand about the offering for patients.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to