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Marching band surprises woman cancer-free after 20 years

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Flowers, a tiara and a marching band were part of the celebration for a cancer survivor in New Jersey.

Rosalie Karl was suspicious when Hackensack University Medical Center sent a car and suggested she wear lipstick for her checkup Tuesday, 20 years after she had a stem cell transplant to treat multiple myeloma.

The 65-year-old tells The Record ( ) newspaper when she made the appointment, receptionist Kathy Roupenian asked how she would like to celebrate the occasion. Karl jokingly replied, "Well, I'd love a marching band."

The Hackensack High School marching band played three songs as Karl arrived.

Dr. David Siegel says life expectancy at the time of Karl's diagnosis was about two years. He says her lab work shows no evidence that her disease has come back.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.),

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