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Retired Col. Tom Brewer challenging Smith while fighting cancer

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The retired Nebraska Army National Guard soldier who is running for the U.S. House in the panhandle is also battling cancer.
Retired Col. Tom Brewer says he was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before he decided to challenge Rep. Adrian Smith in the Republican primary for Nebraska's 3rd District.
Brewer says doctors caught the cancer early and believe it is very treatable, so he decided to go forward with the campaign.
Brewer says he plans to continue campaigning while undergoing six weeks of chemotherapy.
The type of cancer Brewer has may be linked to his 36-year military career. The federal Veterans Affairs Department says this kind of 'hairy cell leukemia' has been linked to certain herbicides the military has used.

Brewer grew up in Gordon, Neb., and served 36 years in the military, including six deployments to Afghanistan. He says he wants to keep serving his country by fighting for lower taxes, a balanced budget and to protect the state's resources.

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