Students and community members wrap their arms about local teen in need

Strand Strong Pictured above during the Sisseton vs Florence Hen- ry doubleheader basketball game are (front row, left to right, Josiah Strand, Jenn Saul, (back row) Ruby Rice and Krista Langager. More than $10,000 has been raised to help the Strand family. ~ Courtesy Photo

by Mimi Larsen Courier Staff Writer

A community’s reaction to tragedy is a window into its soul. When a Sisseton High School student was diagnosed with two forms of leukemia, the school’s and the community’s response proved to be kind, compassionate, and caring. Through a FBLA community service project instigated by Krista Langager and Ruby Rice, with tremendous support from many others, more than $10,000 was raised.

Josiah Strand is a sophomore at SHS. The day after his 16th birthday, he experienced symptoms that seemed mild, but quickly ramped up in the next days to unbearable pain. On November 26, 2022, Josiah was admitted to the Coteau des Prairie Hospital’s emergency room, where blood tests revealed leukemia. Josiah was sent on to the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where he was diagnosed with both acute myeloid leukemia and mixed phenotype acute leukemia. For more on this story and many more please purchase a copy of the Sisseton Courier on news stands now or purchase a copy of the E-edtion on this website.