UWS group raises money for cancer

There are three words that can change your life for­ever and no one wants to hear:

“You have cancer.”

To help fund a cure for can­cer, the group “Col­leges Against Can­cer” put on a Relay for Life April 25 at UW-Superior. The fundrais­ing event had a Hawai­ian theme.

Four teams and two sur­vivors came to walk and run for can­cer research. The open­ing cer­e­mony began 6 p.m. in Mar­covich Well­ness Center’s field­house. UWS stu­dent Sarah Setayeshi sang the National Anthem.

“‘You have can­cer’; three words that are heard way to often,” said keynote speaker and CAC Pres­i­dent Emily John­son, whose grand­par­ent and two close fam­ily friends had the disease.

The two par­tic­i­pat­ing sur­vivors were Mar­garet Col­lard, grand­mother to UWS sopho­more Shan­non Bau­mann; and Ariel John­son, also a UWS student.

Col­lard has blood and bone can­cer, and had breast can­cer. The fam­ily was at the Relay, walk­ing for their grandma, other fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

John­son learned she had can­cer in April 2012.

“When I got the phone call from my doc­tor, I was in the YU,” she said at the luminaire-lighting cer­e­mony. “All I remem­ber hear­ing was the word ‘can­cer.’ I dropped to my knees.” She went on to describe her strug­gle and her feel­ings through the process.

After Johnson’s speech, every­one started to walk around the lumi­naires that were cir­cled on the inside of the track. They walked silently, remem­ber­ing and hon­or­ing fam­ily mem­bers and friends who who have passed away from can­cer, are still fight­ing can­cer, or are survivors.

Along with the walk/run, activ­i­ties included coconut pass, coconut bowl­ing, silent auc­tion, limbo and ring toss Teams com­peted against each other to pass the time and win prizes.

Sara Mow­chan, Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety direc­tor for the Twin Ports area, helped put on the relay. All the money raised will be going to can­cer research and pro­grams to help the patients.

“I’ve been doing this for a year,” Mow­chan said. “My dad and two grand­par­ents had cancer.”

Mow­chan also is help­ing put on a Relay for Life July 28 at the Col­lege of St. Scholas­tica. For more infor­ma­tion go to relayforlife.com/DuluthMN.

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