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October 18, 2017

9/21/2017 3:38:00 PM
Meet county's American Cancer Relay for Life Honorary Survivor and Honorary Caregiver

Saturday, September 30, Jerry Mollberg and his wife Beverly will be honored at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chisago County, held at the Almelund Threshing Grounds on Highway 95 between Almelund and Taylors Falls.

The event this year is from 2-8:30pm with many activities, games for families and children, a HUGE SILENT AUCTION with over 200 items, a clogging presentation by the local River City Cloggers and delicious food sold by the Relay teams such as hamburgers, hot dogs, walking tacos, chili, cookies, bars, hot coffee, hot chocolate and cider.  The silent auction will take written bids from 2-6pm.

The formal Relay activities  begin at 3pm when cancer survivors and their caregivers can register, get a gift bag, survivor T-Shirt and coupon for $1 off any food item. Opening ceremonies are at 4pm with Jerry and Beverly telling their cancer story. At 5 pm all the survivors and their caregivers are invited to a special cupcake social gathering sponsored by the Fairview Lakes Hospital and Clinics.

The over 1000 beautiful and meaningful luminaria bags (decorated in honor or in memory of our cancer friends and family), will be lit at 6:45pm with a Luminaria Ceremony at 7 pm. Silent Auction items can be picked up at 7:30-8:15.  Closing ceremony will be at 8:20pm.

The NEW and EXCITING event addition this year is a Barn Dance from 9-midnight featuring the local, well known country group, The Farmer’s Daughter. Cover charge - $10 per person (must be 21+ to drink). Purchase a wristband at the door – kids under 12 are free. All the public is invited.  The Almelund Lions will be selling beer, pop and wine coolers.

The Mollbergs are sharing this year’s Honorary Survivor position of honor.

Jerry was diagnosed with bladder cancer last November after noticing blood in his urine.  He immediately went to the emergency room at Fairview Hospital in Wyoming, where they ruled out any kidney cancer but immediately sent him to Dr. Tran, a urology specialist in Fridley. Dr. Tran performed surgery. Jerry did have both a low grade and a high-grade bladder cancer and also bladder cancer cells on the out side of his prostate.  Fortunately, the cancer had not grown into his bladder muscle or the prostate, so a chemotherapy combo was started and the low level cancer cells now are non existent.

Unfortunately, Jerry’s post-operative course was very challenging and painful but with his incredible positive

non-complaining attitude and the support from his wife, family, church and friends, he has walked a strong cancer journey both here and then in Arizona in winter time.  A well known bladder cancer specialist, Dr. Donald Lamm, works in Arizona right near their winter home, so Jerry  has been receiving care from him as well.  Dr. Lamm, a research physician, developed the BCG tuberculosis treatment program for bladder cancer, now used nation wide.  Jerry is beginning his BCG treatments very soon and hopes this will keep the high-level cancer cells from not growing any more.

Both doctors say one of the biggest risk factors for bladder cancer is smoking, being around second hand smoke, having an enlarged prostate gland and the American Cancer Society, states being exposed to chemicals, past radiation exposure, not drinking enough fluids, race, ethnicity and genetics are risk factors as well.  

Blood in urine is one of the most frequent signs of this very common cancer and it occurs in men more frequently than women.

Jerry and Bev have lived in Rush City all their professional lives with Jerry teaching life sciences, physical education and health for 30 years plus coaching football for 15 years, basketball for 30 years and track for six years.  Many children have benefitted from his warm, compassionate, kind and fair personality. The community has enjoyed his endless service especially First Lutheran Church who have enjoyed his gift of voice and the fire department having his service for 24 years.  He devoted seven years as an EMT and 45 years as a Rush City Lion.  Jerry’s dad volunteered in his community until two months before he died of cancer.  Truly Jerry has followed his father’s example of giving back to the community.

Bev taught Home Economics/Family Consumer Sciences and was the FHA advisor for 28 years in the Rush City School District as well.  She was also very well loved by her students with her kind, and thoughtful personality – these qualities clearly being her gifts to Jerry through the past year.  Bev’s faith in God has been an extremely important force in her caretaking.  She strongly believes God is going to heal Jerry’s cancer and acknowledges it will not be on their time, but on God’s time.

Residents of Chisago County and nearby communities are encouraged to come to this lovely fall event, especially cancer survivors should participate and feel supported in their journey.

For those of you who enjoy country music and like to dance, put on your dancing shoes for The Farmer’s Daughter at 9pm.

To learn more about the Relay for Life or to make a donation, go to www.relayforlife.org/chisagoMN or contact marthaarnold@me.com for more information.  Donations will be accepted for 30 days following the event.  You will also find the Relay on Facebook at Facebook.com/Relay for Life of Chisago, MN.

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