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                                        We are the three sons of Hildy, known as the 3B’s.  Bart, Brian and Bruce Hultine.  However that’s Brian on the your left, Bruce in the center, and of course, Bart, on your right.    We are direct Grandson’s of Myrtle and Oscar Belcher.   We have embarked upon the task of finding as many relatives as we can that are directly related to this Belcher Blood Line, which we have currently traced as far back as 1776.   

             During the winter of 2005, all three of us, much to everyone’s astonishment,  were diagnosed as needing colon surgery due to a type of genetic colon cancer.  It is for this reason we have launched this web site.  We feel it is critical that we locate and warn you, that if you are of this blood line,  you too could very possibly  be carrying this genetic gene defect, and not know it.   

             We would like to share with you, how we discovered the


             Yes, my name is Myrtle Belcher.  I was born ,Nora Myrtle Bowls in 1890.  In 1908 I married Oscar Belcher.  We both grew up rough and tough in the hills of Missouri, and this is the story of our life’s and ancestry.  We had 4 children, Mildred, Jean, Hildy, and Bethel.  It is my grandchildren who have embarked on the task of  discovering this Belcher Legacy.  I used to make the comment, Tougher Than a Boiled Owl, when referring to such things like the character of my children and grandchildren.  If you had ever boiled an owl, such as I have, you would know what I mean.  It is their objective to locate as many relatives as possible that are directly related to this  Belcher Blood Line.  If you are remotely related in anyway, pay attention, for it could very well, save your life.  


                 We thought we would tell you a short history of the three brothers, Barton, Brian and Bruce Hultine, better known to family members as the 3B’s.  They were born about 1 year apart of each other in the years 1946 to 1949 to Dale and Hildreth (Belcher) Hultine.    The boys grew up healthy and adventurous on their family farm in Clay County, Nebraska.  They could all  drive and ride tractors, horses, motorcycles, and about anything else you could devise by the time they were out of diapers.  It was rare they were ever sick a day in their entire lives.     Their mother, Hildy, was a registered nurse, and eventually went on the become director of not less than 3 state mental institutions. 

             Bart married, acquired his Doctorate’s Degree, and today owns his own business in Hastings, Nebraska, known as Hultine & Associates. 

             Brian married, continued to farm with Dale,  until 1990, when the farm was sold to the Federal Fish and Wildlife.  Today, Hultine Farms is known as the  Hultine Federal Waterfowl Production Area.  Brian  moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1994, and became a Certified Computer Consultant for a large firm in Lincoln.  Brian today is retired on their small farm acreage outside Lincoln.  Brian however, was highly involved in helping to establish the Northrup Internal Medicine Facility, which is today owned by his stepdaughter and stepson. 

             Bruce also married,  farmed with Brian and Dale a few short years, and was instrumental in bringing the total farm acreage to over 2000 acres.   Bruce then  went on to establish his own construction business, known as  Bruce Hultine Construction of Juniata, Nebraska.  Bruce actively runs and controls that business to this day

                 In December 2005, Barton,  60, had a routine medical checkup.  However, he was complaining about a small case on indigestion.  His doctor  scheduled an endoscopy of his colon.  It was then that Bart was diagnosed as having colon cancer, and would need immediate surgery.  His doctor insisted that Bart  contact his brothers and highly suggest that they too undergo an endoscopy.  Upon doing so, Bruce 58, and Brian 59 years old, were also diagnosed with possible colon cancer and would also need immediate surgery.    In January, 2006, all 3 brothers where in the hospital recuperating from colon surgery. 

             Bart’s cancer had penetrated his colon and had progressed to his liver, lung and brain.  Bart would be facing a long phase of chemotherapy.   Brian had his entire colon removed, and fortunately his cancer had not had time to progress.  The surgeons explained that Brian would certainly not have lived much more than 2 years had he not had the surgery.  Bruce, fortunately, lost only about 2 feet of his colon  and no advancement of cancer.    Brian and  Bruce  however later faced complications and they both underwent other surgery.    Bart did undergo numerous sessions  of chemotherapy and had to undergo other surgeries. 

             Today, all 3 boys are doing great.  However,  shortly after their  initial surgeries, they were convinced to perform  a gene search in order to locate the exact gene that obviously has devastated their lives.  The Hultine side of the family was quickly eliminated.  It became obvious that  the gene defect had to be coming from their mothers side of the family, the Belchers.    Upon  further investigation, it was determined that their Grandfather,  Oscar Belcher, had died in 1949 of this exact colon cancer disease.  The gene search was performed at Myriad Genetic Laboratories of  Salt Lake City, Utah.  Much to everyone’s surprise they were unable to locate the exact defective gene.  That means only one thing, that everyone of this  Belcher  Blood Line would need to be personally contacted in order to determine if they are a carrier of this  gene defect.

             Persons who carry this APC gene mutation for FAP, familial adenomatous polyposis, have a 100% lifetime risk of developing colon cancer.  Persons who carry this gene should have their colon looked at by endoscopy during their teenage years.  They will need to have an annual examination, that is once a year, unless their entire colon has been removed.      (Quote by Myriad Genetic Laboratories)

             And now you understand why the boys have embarked on this adventure.  Initially, they knew nothing about their Belcher ancestry.   But now, they ask that you sit back and enjoy the stories they are about to tell.   If you are remotely related to anyone in these stories,  the 3B’s  most diligently want to warn you of the possible danger you’re in.

                 Some might find this picture a bit bizarre.  However, we want to show you what can happen if you do not take the time and effort to find out—-early—-if you are a carrier of this gene defect.   We are begging you to get educated early on as to how devastating this hereditary cancer problem can be, and to educate you as to how easy it can be prevented.  We personally refer to this gene mutation defect as the Belcher Gene, however, that is not necessarily fair.  It is possible that the gene defect might have been passed from one relative to another, anywhere throughout our history.  So far, we do not know that exact answer, but hopefully, with further testing, research and discovery, we might be able to narrow it down. 


The 3B’s and Their Surgery Scars

Wallace (Cary) Peterson, M.D.   

Dr. Cary Peterson earned his medical degree in 1982 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He then completed a three-year residency in internal medicine and a two-year fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He entered private practice in Lincoln, NE in 1987.

 Dr. Peterson has a strong interest in all areas of cancer medicine and blood diseases. He is interested in finding the best and least toxic therapy for each patient. He also wants patients to be fully informed about their disease processes and all therapeutic options.

             We would like to pay special tribute to a few individuals in the medical field that have contributed so much to our lives, today.  It was Dr. Peterson, who first encouraged us to perform the gene test at Myriad Laboratories. 

Only, part of the Medical Team that help save the 3B’s from an untimely death!!

             We  thank the entire staff of the Lincoln Endoscopy Center, and a special thanks to Dr. Matthew J. Hrnicek, M.D. , sitting and on your right.  Dr. Hrnicek is very familiar with the 3B’s family, and their battle with colon cancer.  He was also very persuasive in encouraging the 3B’s to find as many relatives as possible to inform them of this easily preventable disease.  

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We thank you for joining us, and now, let us tell you our story.  It may very well be yours also. 

         The 3B’s-Barton, Brian, & Bruce Hultine

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