Marilyn Rupp and Marla Noble are team captains for Team Mark Perry and Sara Stimac.
Marilyn stated the reason that we got involved when our brother, Mark, was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer was not new to our family. Our father, grandparents, and many other family members and friends have lost the battle to the big "C."
In 2007, we started the Team Mark Perry. Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is cancer that affects the bone marrow. He and his wife don't live around here and there wasn't much we could do from afar but we could raise money for research. With the help of family and friends, our first year of fundraising was successful.
The next year we had to add my daughter, Sara's name to the team name. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. Last year we tried the online donation route and it worked well. Sara's sister had shared what we were doing with her work group in Chicago and Team Mark Perry and Sara Stimac were recipients of many online donations by that group.
Brother Mike and wife, Connie have been part of the fundraising team and Relay for Life night for three years and Brother Mark and wife, Ann have joined us for the last two years. It is almost a mini family reunion.
I had always heard about the Relay for Life but until I went, saw and heard the survivors get up in front of the crowd, did I FEEL the courage, perseverance, and HOPE. Now we honor many of our family and friends by going to the ceremony and looking at all the luminaries.
My daughter, Sara, has been in remission for four years and brother, Mark, continues his battle but with much perseverance and fortitude. They are two mighty warriors.
Marla added that cancer touches many hearts. Everyone relates to cancer in his or her families and among friends. We wouldn't be able to raise what we do each year without the generosity of those caring folks.