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A screening test administered shortly after birth led doctors to diagnose Ella Gustafson, now 6, with cystic fibrosis. Due to the diagnosis, her parents Susan and James and the doctors realized that the disease also explained the 2½ years of health problems that Zachary, now 8, had been experiencing. Ella Gustafson will open this year’s Tim Orth Memorial Foundation event in Bird Island. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

6-year-old to open big event: Ella Gustafson to speak at Jam the Gym

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BIRD ISLAND — There’s nothing unusual about calling on someone taking on big challenges to say a few words of inspiration at the start of a major public event.

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The difference here is that Ella Gustafson of Renville is only 6 years old, and by her own admission not practiced at speaking before large crowds.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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