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Photo by Rachelle Klemme Cooper Reed rides his bike though the family's Wadena yard Tuesday afternoon. Reed has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease for which there is no cure. However, quality of life has increased in past decades for people with this illness.

'An unusual case'

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Cooper Reed is just another active elementary school student who likes go-karting, bike riding and kids jiu-jitsu. And, to his family's knowledge, he is the only person in Wadena County with cystic fibrosis.

"Most children are diagnosed before they are three. Cooper was not diagnosed 'til last year," his grandmother, Mary Brauch, said. "His was kind of an unusual case."

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