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Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:02 PM


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OTTOVILLE — Although rain detoured outdoor events, Ottoville students, teachers, parents, grandparents and community members participated in the school’s ninth annual Cancer Walk on Thursday morning.

This year’s theme was based on Super Heroes with the motto “We fight against cancer. What’s your super power?”

During the opening ceremony in the high school gym, attendees listened intently as speakers took to the podium offering insights and information regarding cancer fundraising, a personal battle with the disease and treatment support and services.

President of the FCCLA Melissa Burgei gave an overview of the school’s past history participating in fundraising campaigns against cancer.

“In the last four years, we have raised close to $32,000,” Burgei said. “We are angels who come together to raise money for this great cause.” Cancer Survivor and member of the Senior Class of 2014 Andy Horstman said he was diagnosed back in 2006 after having balance issues.

“I had brain surgery for cancerous brain tumors,” he detailed. “I underwent 31 radiation treatments.”

Senior Manager for Relay for Life Cara Boehm said the American Cancer Society is a global movement fighting for every birthday in every state, city and town.

“In Ohio alone, $20 million has been invested for cancer research,” Boehm said. “We also have many support programs and services for cancer patients.”

The American Cancer Society offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay called a Hope Lodge when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States.

Their Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.

The organization’s “Look Good Feel Better” workshop — a free, national public service program in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association — teaches cancer patients to manage the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

After the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors led the students in walking the “first lap” inside the school. All attendees had the opportunity to play a myriad of activities including carnival games, Texas Hold’em, a digital billiards game, a soccer shoot out, shooting hoops, volleyball and purchase beverages, cinnamon rolls and root beer floats.


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