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A touching Secret Santa surprise for a husband with a brain tumor and a wife battling breast cancer

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The EastIdahoNews.com team is busy this holiday season helping a local man gift $1 million to deserving people in eastern Idaho. Secret Santa is a real person who wants to remain anonymous and hopes to bless as many individuals in our community as he can.

In June, Drue Russell was found to have a large tumor on his brain stem. There were multiple complications after surgery and he spent over two months in the University of Utah ICU. He was then transferred to an LTACH following a transfer to EIRMC’s Rehab Unit. He was discharged after spending 99 days in a hospital setting and currently has a trach to help him breathe along with a feeding tube for nourishment. Taking care of Drue is a full-time job.

Just after Drue was admitted to rehab, his wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with breast cancer and two weeks before taking her husband home, she had surgery and is beginning radiation.

Sarah is the guardian for her developmentally delayed sister and continues to battle each challenge as it comes with grace and acceptance. She has remained positive while uplifting to everyone around her. She now fights for her health while advocating for her husband and another family member that she has been caring for prior to all of this.

Her upbeat attitude is amazing. She has said many times that God has given her these challenges and He will help her through them.

Secret Santa asked the East Idaho News elves to go visit the Russells with an early Christmas gift. Watch the video above to see the surprise!

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