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Relay For Life of Eugene Springfield

July 24th-July 25th Noon-Noon

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The Sports Park at Willamalane Center
250 South 32nd Street, Springfield, OR Map it

109 teams and 590 participants have raised $124,441.29

Total above may not reflect all participants, teams, and donations

 

May 2015 – Survivor Spotlight

Glenn Gillis Survivor Spotlight May 2015

 

Glenn Gillis

Everyone has their own personal experiences with cancer. This is my personal experience with cancer: Two grandfathers who were life-long smokers died of lung cancer when I was in grade school. My mother died of a brain tumor when I was in 7th grade and my younger sister Megan is a brain tumor survivor since 1990.

My first-hand experience with cancer came in the Summer of 2004 when I began missing work with debilitating headaches. In spite my family history, a brain tumor was the last thing on my mind when I saw my general practitioner at the urging of my wife because of, she thought, their similarity to sinus infections from which she regularly suffers. Despite my GP’s doubts about a sinus infection, he prescribed some antibiotics which I filled and took for several days.

After missing several days of work I called one afternoon to say I was feeling better and would return the next morning. My wife tried to phone me there, but receiving no answer tried our home, also without an answer. She then tried my work again, and finding me still not there, finally came home to find me still in bed and unresponsive. In case the story needs a little more drama, in June we had decided to start a family and now in September Lisa was three months pregnant!

This is the point in the story where I usually ask her, “That’s when you called 911, right?” to which she always replies, “No, 911 is only for emergencies!” So, she helped me stagger out to her car and drove me herself to the ER (where she needed help getting me out of the car!) After a quick exam, the ER staff said, “Whoa! That needs to come out right now!” (Turns out my headaches were from a glioblastoma brain tumor.)

An emergency craniotomy and two weeks in the ICU later I suffered a series of indignities: 

  • Jokes about my bloated face in the ICU
  • My three sisters demanding to know out of “Huey, Duey and Large” which one was large
  • Waking up in the ICU one day and asking my pregnant wife, “When are the puppies due?”
  •  Being babysat daily at home for three months by ELAW staff
  • Even though I had been a dedicated bicycle commuter, it seemed unfair I wasn’t allowed to drive. One day my sister-in-law asked me to pick up my ten year-old niece from her friend’s house. Boy did I get in trouble from Lisa for that!

Recovery and Remission… Back to work! But, what is my password?!...And how do I do a 40 hour a week job in 15 hours a week?!

 Trouble navigating…Dude, where’s my car?!...IV Chemotherapy…Boo! Investigational Poly-ICLC…Yay! (Except for the self-injected shots)

Gains and Losses: Gained… my sweet baby boy. Lost…my marriage.

Final Thoughts:   A common question… How did you do that? Answer…Do what? Wake up in the ICU after emergency brain surgery and go on living my life? What else was there to do?

 

 

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Seeking Interested Relayers for Open Committee Positions

CLICK Here for position Information

Fundraising, Sponsorship, Mission and ACS CAN

Please email Kristen Salladay at kristen.salladay@cancer.org to inquire about positions! 

We would love to have you on the team!!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won't stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us!

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Questions?

Contact Kristen Salladay:

kristen.salladay@cancer.org

541.434.3101

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Top Participants
  1. Emerald Club Darlene Hickson - $2,500.00
  2. Emerald Club Duane Hickson - $2,500.00
  3. Sapphire Club Personal Donation Made Kathy Arendsen - $2,185.00

Top Teams:

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Top Teams
  1. Jade Team Levi Red Tabs - $10,483.38
  2. Gold Team Dari-Mart - $6,225.00
  3. Gold Team Steamfitters Plumber Local 290 - $5,000.00

Top Companies:

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  1 -  Walmart - NCTP       ($1,220.00)
  2 -  Fred Meyer - NCTP       ($796.00)