Local woman gets flight of a lifetime

Lois Roof has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and had never been on a plane

There’s an old saying that if you put one foot in front of the other you will get to where you need to go. Well for Lois Roof that saying is a little harder because of her most recent diagnosis, but Roof is learning to take flight instead.

Roof is one of those people who has always had their feet firmly planted on the ground.

“I like doing things when I want, where I want and with whom I want,” said Roof.

She simply puts one foot in front of the other, whether it’s taking care of her grandchildren or participating in Stepping out in Pink, which is a breast cancer awareness event.

“It’s fun. It’s great exercise,” said Roof.

About 15 years ago, Roof beat breast cancer and now she shows support for others.

“It’s great to see people out in support of people who had breast cancer,” said Roof.

However, it’s the most recent steps she has taken for Steppin’ out in Pink that have caused her to stumble.

“I tripped but never really fell. But I just continued to do things normally and it just didn’t get better,” said Roof.

“In October, she broke her femur,” said Kimberly Allen, Lois’s daughter.

The thighbone is known as the strongest bone in the body and Roof knew she would probably need surgery but it’s the X-ray that got the doctors attention.

“He just thought somethings not right,” said Roof. “So he went in there and found cancer had spread all over to my body.”

Roof was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in October.

“It’s all over my body, but it’s not in my brain yet,” said Roof. “They tell me it’s the worst you can get and it’s a lot to deal with.”

For Roof, it feels like she is losing her footing in this world; unable to do the things she used to do.

“Simple things as opening a can of soup just can’t be done. Taking a shower she needs assistance,” said Allen. “She has to rely on other people and she feels like she is losing her independence.”

So Roof has decided to do something she has never done before, lift both feet off the ground at the same time

“I’m scared, nervous and excited at the same time,” said Roof.

Roof is going on her first plane ride, ever

“It’s one of my wishes of life to go up in a plane. Just to see what it’s like,” said Roof.

“My mom has always been there for me. That shoulder to cry on, that phone call and supporter of me and now that role has changed where now I need to be the supporter an care for my mom,” said Allen. “It really means a lot to get these in when she is still able.”

For Roof, this was the flight of a lifetime because she knows time may be limited, but she hopes others learn not to take life for granted and to do the things that make you afraid.

“Go do it, do it whilst you got the chance,” said Roof. “I think I am ready for the big planes next.”

And if you feel like you are stumbling a bit, remember it’s never too late to fly.

“I am going to do as many trips as possible whilst I am still here on this earth,” said Roof.

Roof’s first flight was donated by Colgan Air Services in La Crosse.

Roof said the next thing on her list is to go to Lambeau Field and see the Green Bay Packers in action, especially Aaron Rodgers.

A silent auction and benefit for Roof is being held Jan. 9 at the Open Door Baptist Church in Tomah at 7294 County Road O. It is a spaghetti dinner and will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.