Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Survivor of Cancer Hopes to Help Stop Scourge in Its Tracks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Survivor of Cancer Hopes to Help Stop Scourge in Its Tracks

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When breast cancer first struck Judy Hoge seven years ago, she was not totally surprised.

Hoge, 49, of Elsah, had watched as her mother, father, grandmother and several aunts and uncles suffered with - and, in several cases, died from - cancer.

Hoge underwent a double radical mastectomy in 1993. She will be a guest speaker at Friday evening's opening ceremony for the Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fund-raiser on campus at Lewis and Clark Community College at Godfrey. "I want cancer to be stopped, not passed on to the next generation," Hoge said. "I've prepared myself to die four times. It's OK if it takes me, but it has to stop now." The Relay for Life is a 24-hour event where participants will walk, run, push wheelchairs or strollers or roller-skate around a half-mile track on the college grounds to raise funds for cancer research, public awareness programs and support services. Individuals as well as teams of 10 to 12 volunteers will take turns doing their paces from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. At least one team member must be on the field at all times under rules of the 24-hour relay. Center stage will be set up in the parking lot at Alden Hall on the campus' north side, and will be the site of registration tables, refreshments, music, entertainment and games. Event organizer Tara Condon-Tullier of Wood River said the majority of those preregistered were families, many of whom will be setting up tents and campers. "Since this is a 24-hour event, camping is what we want people to do," Condon-Tullier said. "Bring your family and spend the full 24 hours with us." Condon-Tullier's parents and three-year-old son, Sean, are cancer survivors. Sean and his mother will be walking Friday evening. The fund-raising goal is a minimum of $30,000, and Condon-Tullier said more than half of that was already pledged. …

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