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    In the Loop: Superman touches the life of young cancer patient

If you spend any time on social media, you've likely seen the photo. A window washer dressed as Superman hangs outside a young patient's window at the Saint Marys Campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. Their hands, though separated by glass, coming together at the fingertips.

What you might not know is the story behind that photo. For that, we need to go back to August 2015 when then-three-month-old identical twins Kendal and Kenedi Breyfogle were diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia after parents Abby and Aaron began noticing strange "spots" on their faces.

A skin biopsy back home in South Dakota helped pinpoint the preliminary diagnosis, at which point Kendal and Kenedi were referred to Mayo Clinic's campus for confirmation.

When bone marrow biopsies confirmed the diagnosis, Abby and Aaron made the decision — despite being 500 miles away from their home — to put their young girls' care in the hands of a Mayo Clinic care team. "Since they were such a complex case, and because AML is such a nasty beast, we wanted to be where they had the most experience with it," Abby says. Read the rest of the story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.