Long-time community pillar in Hampton battles cancer

A trip to the hospital in May of last year changed Kirk Goertzen’s life.
What began as a serious case of appendicitis in the middle of the night eventually became news that no one expected to hit home so hard a week later.
“His cancer started in his appendix, which is very rare,” wife Sharon explained. “His appendix burst and that was very serious. Then he had to get that done and since his appendix was gone it went to his colon so it’s called colon cancer even though it really started in his appendix.”

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