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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.

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"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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