FARGO-It's the first day of school and for the first time in 50 years, Susan Kolstad, is cutting class.

She retired after 48 years of teaching.

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"Your heart as a teacher is always, always going to be in the classroom," said Susan. 

So Susan found a way to follow her heart.

"Teaching, prepared me for this," said Susan. 

It's called the Survivorship program. Susan visits the Roger Maris Cancer Center four days a week, providing an escape for patients receiving treatments. Which is how she met 10-year-old Megan Hillman.

"Megan and I fell in love right away and the minute I met Megan I knew I had someone really special," said Susan Kolstad.

These two spend hours together creating beautiful arts and crafts while Megan receives her treatments.

Today's arts and craft features Megan's favorite ingredient, glitter. They're making crowns.

These crowns bring a little color and sparkle to what would otherwise be a pretty dark day.

Their smiles are a gift considering what Megan is here for.

"My spleen is enlarged and my spleen is eating up my platelets," explained Megan Hillman.

Megan has a disorder called ITP, it's not cancer, but it does require her to get regular treatments. Something that would be pretty dang scary if Susan wasn't there.

"She just makes me laugh and smile," said Megan.

"We do that a lot don't we," laughed Susan.

With no words, her face says it all.

"She gives back way more to me than I could ever give to her," said Susan.

Clearly a very special relationship, that's coming to an end next week. It's Megan's last treatment.

"I have to live in the moment, so I decided that in fact next week when she comes we're gonna have an extravaganza," said Susan.

What's gonna happen at the extravaganza is still a secret.