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      NMU Brain Tumor Center open house

      The Northern Michigan University Brain Tumor Center is letting people know about their work with an open house. Thursday's open house is in conjunction with their annual Hope Starts Here challenge this weekend. The Brain Tumor Center is a joint effort between Marquette General Duke Lifepoint and NMU. They've been working on cutting edge research and new ways to treat patients with brain tumors.

      "If people can just come and see the types of work that we're doing, get interested, get involved; we're always looking for volunteers, donations to help fund our research," said NMU grad student, Keith Sabin. "I think a lot of people kind of think of Marquette as kind of a sleepy, backwoods town, but our lab in particular is very active."

      NMU students from the Brain Tumor Center frequently give presentations on their studies across the country. The Hope Starts Here challenge is the largest fundraiser for the center; last year they raised about $20,000.