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Published April 18, 2014, 09:32 PM

Fargo North graduate Zach Kraft still battling cancer

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A young man hit with some difficult news isn't letting it bring him down.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A young man hit with some difficult news isn't letting it bring him down.

Fargo North graduate Zach Kraft is battling brain cancer.

Friday night, the community showed its support for the hockey standout.

Ask anyone to describe Zach Kraft, and you'll likely hear the word "positive" somewhere in their response.

This week, his recovery from brain cancer had a setback, but he continues to power through.

Zach Kraft says the last few months have given him new perspective.

Here, he's surrounded by family and friends, but he says the entire community has been showing support since he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Zach Kraft/ Battling Brain Cancer: "People ask about it, I tell them how I'm doing. It means a lot to me that they care."

Earlier this year, a brain scan for a concussion revealed a tumor.

The 20-year-old junior hockey player underwent emergency surgery and began recovery treatments.

Family and friends organized this silent auction benefit to help foot the bill and show their support.

Amanda Fuller/ Zach’s Cousin: "When I got here, I almost cried because there is so much."

Businesses throughout the community donated items. NHL hockey players sent signed jerseys.

But, as they finalized the plans for the event, a doctor's visit earlier this week brought bad news.

The cancer has grown back.

Still, Kraft's positive outlook is unwavering.

Kraft: "I take it day-by-day. I just look at what I'm doing tomorrow."

As part of the benefit, there were also hockey games all night at the Teamsters Ice Arena.

There is a Zach Kraft Benefit Fund set up at Bell State Bank.

You can make online donations at

Zach has plans to visit a hospital in Texas this Monday.