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Meet Your Neighbor: Wooster veteran struggling for his life

Wooster resident and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Derrick Hardy, a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard 39th, is 100 percent service-connected disabled and hopes to bring awareness to his personal battle to receive quality health care. Hardy suffers from Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), an inherited condition in which numerous adenomatous polyps form mainly in the epithelium of the large intestine. He first learned of the disease from a letter sent by the Red Cross while serving in Iraq as a lead gunner for convoy security with the Guard. During his deployment, Hardy learned that both his mother and oldest sister were battling stage 3 and stage 4 Cancer as a result of FAP. He also learned he had a greater chance of developing the disease.

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