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Relay for Life

Teresa Wilke, one of Hanover’s remote based employees, lost her grandmother to cancer recently. To honor her memory and help support cancer research, Teresa, along with Teresa’s mother and her daughter Olivia, have created a team fund raising effort through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life organization. We are so proud of their commitment to continue to fight in their grandmother’s memory:

My grandmother, Lorene Talley, battled stomach cancer for over five years, during which time my daughter, Olivia (now 10) attended a grade school located one block from her house. Many days after school Olivia would stop by my grandmother’s house for a snack and tell Grandma about her day. They grew very close over the five years that Olivia attended grade school. When Grandma became very sick last summer, Olivia enthusiastically helped care for her. It was odd, since most young children are uncomfortable around older people, and especially sick older people. I really appreciate that Hanover allowed me to support my family and help care for my grandmother when she took a turn for the worse. The duties of caring for someone in hospice are not glamorous, and I often tried to dissuade Olivia from helping – but she was adamant. My mother, aunt and cousins all pitched in during the final weeks of my grandmother’s life. One day Grandma said to Olivia, “You know you’re my favorite granddaughter.” These two really had a special bond. Since Grandma’s passing last July, Olivia has begged to raise funds for cancer research and patient support, and began making beaded bracelets to “sell for cancer” as she says. When I noticed an American Cancer Society Relay for Life was scheduled in our city in June, I told Olivia and she was thrilled. My mom, Olivia and I started a team called “Lorene’s Lassies” and this is our first experience raising funds for the American Cancer Society. At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. As we approach the summer months for the first time since her passing, I am so thankful that I was able to spend time with her last year, and that we are able to remember her in this way. Olivia has her own fundraising page, and she wrote the content herself – including the commitment to mail bracelets to her supporters. Here is her page:

Teresa Wilke, MBA
Grants Consultant

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