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Cedar Falls Firm Making A Difference

CEDAR FALLS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Starting today some families dealing with cancer will be able to access important information about their illness.

The changes come after two organizations joined forces on the project.

Far Reach Technologies, a web development firm, spent the whole day working on a cancer treatment binder for children's cancer connection, free of charge.

One family we spoke with says it will help them remember their son's journey.

"If I remember, this was my first time at Iowa City Hospital, said Jared Minikus.

12 year old Jared Minikus has many things to commemorate his fight against cancer.

"Every bead stands for what I went through, he said.

When he was just five years old he was diagnosed with leukemia.  His parents Steve and Dianna Minikus still describe that moment as shocking and devastating.
During the long and fearful months of treatment, his parents got involved with children's cancer connection a non-profit organization.

"We serve any child and their family who are living treated or diagnosed in the state of Iowa, said MJ Hoffman of Childrens Cancer Connection.

One way they do that is giving families a binder filled with all their treatment information.

"And what these binders have is very detailed explanation of their diagnosis, the treatment they are on the drugs they are receiving, said Dianna.

All that will now be converted into a digital form.

Thanks to these guys: Far Reach Technologies.

As part of their core values-- one of which is "make a difference", they decided to build something for a worthy non-profit.

The binder project came about after children's cancer connection won their Facebook contest.

"We're putting that online which allows them -- the families then to access that from their homes from the doctor's office, said Kate Washut, Far Reach CEO.

"I think doctors and nurses will be able to access it quicker than trying to flip through whole will be easier for parents, said Dianna.

As for Jared, being here today to watch the project as it happens is proof that he is a survivor

"If I can beat cancer there is nothing that I can't accomplish, he said.

Far reach began the project at 8:30 this morning and finished about an hour ago.

Jared is now cancer free.
This past February 28th was his sixth anniversary.
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