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Silver Bay resident Mike Maki is batting advanced-stage esophageal cancer and has been confined to the hospital in recent weeks. A benefit to help pay bills for Maki, a lifetime resident of the North Shore and an avid outdoorsman, will be held Saturday, March 9, at the National Forest Lodge. (Submitted photo)

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Friends of Mike Maki describe him as a loner - yet he's the kind of guy who everyone seems to know.

Now Maki, a longtime Silver Bay resident, is relying on support from those friends and family as he battles esophageal cancer.


"I think he's doing about the best he can," said friend Curt Gubrud, who has known Maki for about 18 years. "He's not giving up hope, but it's quite a cross to bear that he has."

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