Tom’s Story

Site created on January 20, 2020

Tom and Paula Wurst have been active members of the St. Michael/Albertville community since 2001.  They belong to the St. Michael Catholic Church and Paula has worked at the school district for 20 years as a Special Education teacher. Tom works in sales for a lumber distributing company located in Maple Grove. Tom and Paula have two boys, Carter and Tyler.  Carter is a 9th grader at STMA high school and is on the STMA Swim and Dive team, as well as the Cross Country team. Tyler is a 7th grader at Middle School West and plays Hockey and Lacrosse. Tom and his family enjoy doing many things as a family, such as hunting and fishing, camping and taking family vacations and spending time with extended family at their family cabins. In October of 2017, at the age of 40, Tom was devastated to find out he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.  Tom is currently receiving treatment at the University of Minnesota. In August 2019, Tom began to experience additional complications, which has slowed his treatment schedule. Since August, Tom has had to endure many hospital visits and procedures to deal with these complications. Recently, they found out that, due to slowing his treatment schedule, the cancer has spread. They are hopeful to begin more rigorous treatment in the near future to slow the spread of the cancer. Throughout this difficult time, the family has been extremely thankful to live in a community with such amazing people who support them. 

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