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Why I relay: Father, grandmother died of cancer

I participate in Relay for Life because it is a good cause. Like countless others, I know of many people who have been affected by cancer.

It is like a silent enemy. Whatever we can do to help end the fight is worthwhile.

I also have some personal reasons to participate. About 25 years ago, my dad and my grandma both died as a result of cancer.

My grandma was diagnosed first, with ovarian cancer. Then my dad discovered that he had a tumor in his small intestines. He died shortly after surgery, and his mom — my grandma — died slowly, after chemotherapy.

They are two big factors for why I am involved. I do it to honor them, remember them and find that it somehow helps to balance the scales.

Patty Durham is on the Crosslake Curettes Team.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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