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Super Bowl is special for two Nevada cancer patients

Super Bowl is special for two Nevada cancer patients

CREATED Feb. 1, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- From the point of view of two Nevada cancer patients, there will be no losers at Sunday's Super Bowl.

One will be at the game with his family, and the other one made it all possible with a little help from the NFL and a Lake Tahoe research center founded by the family of late Oakland Raider great Gene Upshaw.

Gary Kasden of Incline Village had just completed a series of chemotherapy treatments at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest center in December when he learned he'd won a Super Bowl trip as part of a fundraising raffle for the center.

But Kasden became ill and can't go. So they reached out to the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation to find a deserving replacement in 16-year-old Kody Beach of Spring Creek. He was diagnosed with cancer last summer.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports he'll be at the game with his parents and older brother.