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Brain cancer doesn't stop couple from building their business

Tired of the corporate rat race, Rick and Linda Dunham decided a few years ago to come up with a 5-year plan - and move out West."And opening a small business," Linda said. "We did it in 4 1/2 years."But 2 years ago, Rick was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. (SBG Photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Tired of the corporate rat race, Rick and Linda Dunham decided a few years ago to come up with a 5-year plan - and move out West.

"And opening a small business," Linda said. "We did it in 4 1/2 years."

The Dunhams landed in Eugene and 3 years ago opened a franchise store for Relax the Back.

They sell beds, chairs, inversion tables and other gizmos for people with back ailments.

They've done so well, they won their chain's franchise of the year award.

"It's based on building your business with integrity, excellent customer service, helping others in the network," Linda said.

But as they handle the best life has to offer, the Dunhams have also dealt with the worst.

Two years ago, Rick was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"It was stage 4, and it's pretty serious," Rick said.

Surviving an operation and repeated trips to San Francisco for treatments, Rick said he's not giving up.

"You can tell I still don't talk that well but it's a lot better than it was, and you know, we're hanging in there," he said.

The Dunhams are helped by free trips provided by the non-profit Angel Flight for Rick's treatment.

Through it all, Linda said this journey has brought to light how important life is.

"We've learned, as you might expect, take each day at its fullest and take advantage of it," she said. "Be happy."

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