Two-time cancer survivor talks importance of Relay For Life

Relay For Life of La Crosse Aug, 7 at Logan High School

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in La Crosse is a little more than a week away and organizers are still looking for a few more teams. There are currently 16 teams registered, but they’re hoping for at least 25.

Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society and cancer research. It benefits all types of cancer, and organizers believe it’s a great way to honor the people who are battling cancer now, those have have beaten cancer and and those who have lost the battle.

On Friday, Aug., 7, the currently quiet and empty track at Logan High School in La Crosse will be filled with hundreds of cancer survivors and supporters for the Relay For Life of La Crosse.

One of the survivors will be Carol Trehey.

“I’m a 15-year survivor of breast cancer,” Trehey said.

But Trehey is more than just a survivor of breast cancer.

“I am a recent survivor as well, I just had skin cancer diagnosed on my birthday in February,” she said.

Both times Trehey was diagnosed with cancer, it happened on her birthday.

“I guess I look forward to my grandchildren’s birthdays.”

At the Relay For Life Trehey’s relay team, Team Awesome, will consist of nearly her entire family, as well as her close friend Kirstie Wick and her family.

“Three of my four grandparents died of cancer, so everyone’s affected and it’s a great cause. But it’s a great event and I just want to find a cure so no one else has to be in that spot,” Wick said through tears.

The two friends are so passionate about raising money for cancer research, they’re now helping organize this year’s Relay For Life.

“We really focus on the survivors, we have a survivor reception, there’s different treats, massages, we want to honor them because they did have a really hard fight and beat cancer and are still here to talk about it,” Wick said.

For Trehey, it’s taken some time to come to terms with cancer, but she’s now proud to say she’s beaten it.

And now she is teaming up with Wick to raise money so more people can tell their survival story.

“Just in my 15 years the treatments have changed so much, there’s so many more things that can be done and hopefully someday this is just going to be something that, “OK I’ve got cancer, but, you know, I’m going to be able to live through this,” Trehey said.

Trehey said for those still thinking about signing up, know that you’re not signing up to do a marathon, you don’t have to constantly be walking around the track.

Trehey and Wick also said you don’t have to have a team to sign up, you can sign up as an individual, and that any amount of money raised is beneficial.

All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society and it spread throughout its network, but some of that money does come back into our community for research.

The relay is Friday, Aug. 7 at Logan High School from 6 p.m. to midnight.

If you would like to learn more and sign up click here.