Pine City 2012 Graduate Passes Away After Leukemia Battle
Former Pine City High School 2012 graduate Derek Rootkie passed away over the weekend. Rootkie garnered an incredible amount of public support over the past seven plus months since he was diagnosed with leukemia.
All around Pine City, support for Derek and his family could be seen in the form of signs on car windows, in store fronts, and even on T-shirts. Rootkie passed away on Saturday at Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Several weeks ago he received a bone marrow transplant, but shortly thereafter, calls for prayers went out from family and friends as Derek fought the terrible disease.
Services are being planned.