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5.19.03

Family given "miracle" reunion

One Wilmington family is celebrating a homecoming they call "a miracle."

Steve Timmerman was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. His son was thousands of miles away in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne.

The family thought it would take weeks to bring him home. Instead, they called the Red Cross, which contacted their son in just hours, and brought him home in four days.

"To get Jeffrey home so quickly, it was priceless. Just priceless," says his mother, Cathy Timmerman.

It's a duty the organization is mandated by Congress to perform during times of conflict.

The Red Cross was able to help their son get two weeks leave. He'll then be transferred state-side.

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