Dylan Thomas

School Board member diagnosed with leukemia


Hussein Samatar, the Minneapolis School Board member who was the first Somali-American to win elected office, is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Samatar, who has also been weighing a bid for mayor, announced via email today he was diagnosed Dec. 4 with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The blood and bone marrow disease is the second most common form of leukemia in adults and often appears in middle age, according to the National Cancer Institute.


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