County Relay for Life turns 20

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent


CANCER SURVIVORS took a special lap around the Zell Field track at Sheboygan Falls High School, during the start of the 20th annual Sheboygan County Relay for Life Friday, July 17. — Review photo by Steve Ottman CANCER SURVIVORS took a special lap around the Zell Field track at Sheboygan Falls High School, during the start of the 20th annual Sheboygan County Relay for Life Friday, July 17. — Review photo by Steve Ottman The 2015 Sheboygan County Relay for Life celebrated 20 years Friday, July 17, as cancer survivors united at Zell Field in Sheboygan Falls to celebrate life and remember those who have lost the fight.

Relay for Life emcee Deb Patrick thanked all of the sponsors and planning committee members, stating that this event couldn’t have happened without all of them.

Survivor speaker Anthony Flores told his story of cancer survival to the crowd of survivors in attendance.

Flores is a nine-year testicular cancer survivor. He found out that he had cancer in August 2006 at the young age of 21.

At the time, Flores weighed over 300 pounds and had joined a YMCA to exercise and get back into shape.

“It was time to change my lifestyle or I wasn’t going to live long,” said Flores.

One day after exercising he noticed pain in his lower area.

After taking some medication, the pain didn’t go away.

After discussing the problem with friends, they talked him into seeing a radiologist.

The doctor confirmed it and stated that he had cancer. Flores sought a second opinion and went to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

This doctor suggested immediate surgery and Flores went and had the surgery the next day.

Flores stayed active after the surgery and started exercising again.

Now Flores runs in many marathons and triathlons and is a Live Strong coach.

“I want to help others,” Flores said. “The support groups helped me and others to talk about their battle with cancer. I was shy and it opened me up.

“I never thought it could happen to me,” he said. “I was very unfortunate to get it at a young age, but I wouldn’t let it beat me.”

A special moment of memory was held after Flores talked.

Cancer survivor Dave Platz asked the cancer survivors in attendance to remember Brianna Brunner, a Sheboygan Falls High School student who lost her battle with cancer the week before this year’s Relay for Life.

Patrick closed the opening ceremony by recognizing many of the cancer support teams and volunteers that have made the Relay for Life possible each year.


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