July 31, 2023 at 10:45 a.m.

American Cancer Chisago County Relay for Life Wednesday, August 2



The Chisago Lake Lutheran church, 1 Summit Ave., on the hill in Center City is the venue for Relay for Life supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS) this year. This is a really beautiful place to have the Relay due to the dramatic landscaping and the long steeple steps in front of the church where all the candled luminary bags are placed and lighted.

There will be activities for all between 6 and 9:30 p.m., including games, food, (walking tacos, chips, cookies and root beer floats), music by Jon Ekstrom of North Branch, and dancing by the River City Cloggers.

A survivors and caretakers lap is at 7pm led by Paul Dennison and his bagpipes.  Luminaria bags decorated in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of those who have passed, will be lighted around 8:15pm.

This year’s honorary survivor is Jane Magnison of North Branch with her caregiver husband, Loren.  Jane was diagnosed in 2004 with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) which is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the spongy tissues inside bones where blood cells are made.  The term “chronic” in chronic lymphocytic leukemia comes from the fact that this leukemia typically progresses more slowly than other types of leukemia. The term lymphocytic leukemia comes from the type of cells affected by the disease – a group of white blood cells which help your body fight infection. CLL makes up 25 percent of all new leukemia cases, mainly in adults. CLL is the most common type of leukemia in adults older than 19, accounting for 38 percent of all leukemia diagnoses.  In 2023, an estimated 18,740 people of all ages (12,130 men and boys and 6,610 women and girls) in the United States will be diagnosed with CLL. While it can occur at any age, the average age at diagnosis is around 70. CLL is uncommon in people younger than 40 and is very rare in children.

Jane had very few symptoms except for some bladder infections and just not feeling well but some people have enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, fever, pain in the upper left portion of the abdomen related to an enlarged spleen, night sweats, weight loss and frequent infections. Her doctor conducted blood tests and a bone marrow examination to determine the diagnosis and assured her she would likely have minimal problems, except encouraged her to live a very healthy life and stay away from individuals with infections such, colds, viruses and COVID 19.  Her story is very enlightening and moving.  Come listen to her speak about her cancer journey.

For any persons living with cancer or are concerned about someone they love who has cancer, the American Cancer Society has a great hotline – 1-800-227 2345

Relay organizers encourage residents of Chisago County and nearby communities to attend this lovely summer event, and let this organization support them in their journey.

To learn more about Relay for Life or to make a donation, go to www.relay        forlife.org/chisagoMN or contact Jill Behnke, 651- 329-3105, jillmbehnke@ gmail.com.  Check Facebook.com/RelayforLife of ChisagoMN.

Donations will be accepted until September 30, 2023.


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