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Tysen Baeskens

Tysen Baeskens holds a car door open for his mother Meghan Jensen and sister Lindzy Jensen at Rimrock Mall on Friday. Tysen was driven from Laurel in Jason Vollmer's restored 1968 Dodge Charger 440 to the mall for a Make-a-Wish donation of GameStop gift cards. Baeskens, age 16, has Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

Tysen Baeskens arrived at the Rimrock Mall in style.

He stepped out of a 1969 Dodge Charger on Friday as a group of greeters applauded. Baeskens was handed a trading card signed by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and stepped inside the mall for a shopping spree.

With $3,400 to spend, Baeskens spent his Friday with friends and family as the latest Make-a-Wish Montana recipient.

The 16-year-old has been getting treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks the bones. It was a sudden diagnosis.

"We found out in the middle of the night last November that he had cancer," said Baeskens' mother, Meghan Jensen.

Since then, Baeskens has been back and forth to Salt Lake City getting treatment.

Jensen said when they got together with Make-a-Wish, Baeskens could have asked for an exotic vacation. But what he wanted was to be in Billings, and maybe spoil himself a bit.

"When we told them we had a date, they got it all together," she said.

Baeskens perused Rimrock Mall for a while with Jensen, his sister Lindzy and his friend, Kane Gordon.

"It's pretty surreal that Make-a-Wish does that," Jensen said.

Surreal enough because earlier in the week, Baeskens rang the bell to signify that he'd finished his radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Jensen said recent checkups show no active cancer, and that Baeskens is looking forward to getting things back to normal.

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General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.