Going the distance for Damon

Damon Hage, center, and parents Brad and Leslie are fighting so he'll receive proton radiation treatment for his synovial sarcoma cancer. The family, based in Colfax, N.D., has vowed that it will not let Damon's insurers have the final say in his health.

Damon Hage, 26, is not a typical cancer patient.

The Colfax, North Dakota man was diagnosed in August 2020 with synovial sarcoma. The diagnosis came after Damon had several strokes in July, which were caused by pieces breaking off a large tumor located near his heart’s mitral valve.