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19th ANNUAL

Of Western Stearns County


Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, 2016
4:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Stearns County Fairgrounds, Sauk Centre
Opening Ceremony 4:30 p.m. (Friday)
Survivor Lap 7:00 p.m. (Friday)
Luminaria Ceremony 9:40 p.m. (Friday)
Closing Ceremony 1:30 a.m. (Saturday)

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Blessings from Heaven
by LAURIE JENNISSEN
STAFF WRITER
On June 24, Katherine Manning of Melrose will be
doing something she never would have imagined. Manning, 48, will be walking in the Relay for Life of Western Stearns County as a cancer survivor. What makes this
even more incredible is that Manning will be walking in
the fundraiser despite having her right leg amputated last
November.
Manning and her husband of 27 years, Clayton, are
parents to seven girls and one boy who range in age from
25 years old all the way down to 7 years old. This very
close-knit and faith-filled family have leaned on each other
and God more than ever over the past year and a half.
In November of 2014, Manning, a paraprofessional at
Melrose High School, began to notice pain in her right leg.
As the months went by and the pain didnt get any better, Manning underwent an MRI in July of 2015 at the St.
Cloud hospital. Results from that MRI were sent to Mannings doctor at CentraCare, who then broke the news to
Manning that a type of sarcoma was found.
Cancer did not run in her family, and Manning had
been living a healthy lifestyle. The doctors told her this
type of cancer typically is found in young children, mainly
boys between the ages of 5 to 15 years old, and it isnt
hereditary.
This was very shocking to me, said Manning. I
wont lie, when I heard the news I was feeling very distraught and was pacing the floor. Part of me thought it was
all a bad dream.
When I came home, it was the hardest thing to tell the
kids, said Manning. I tried to stay strong.
Manning recalls the family all embracing in a group

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hug, a circle of strength. The news hit everyone hard.


It is still hard to believe it happened, said Clayton.
In early August, Manning, along with her husband
and two of their daughters, made the trip to Mayo Clinic
in Rochester where she had further testing including a CT
Scan, another MRI, blood tests and a bone biopsy. Manning went home, and two weeks later she received a call
from her doctor from Mayo Clinic who informed her she
had Osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, in her case, her femur. The doctor wanted to get Manning going on chemo as
soon as possible for fear that her bone would break, spreading the cancer.
Between the months of August through October, Manning spent five to six days a week at the St. Cloud hospital
receiving chemotherapy treatments in an effort to shrink
the tumor and try to save her leg. The goal was to kill the
tumor, remove it and put a stint in her leg. She would be
home for a few days then head back to have her blood count
numbers checked again. The Mannings lifestyle changed
drastically during these months. Nineteen-year-old daughter Annette, who was to start her post high school education at Alexandria Technical School, chose to take the first
semester off so she could help out at home.
With four daughters still at home, Manning couldnt
be there for them after school as usual. She also missed
many events, even one of her daughters birthdays.
My kids are my medicine, said Manning, who
felt she went backwards while in the hospital, and gained
strength when she was home with her family. They motivated and inspired me. I am very proud of each of them.
Because Manning had to be very careful not to bump
or bruise her leg, she stayed home as much as she could,
being careful to keep the tumor detained in the femur bone.
On Nov. 5, the day before Manning was to have the tumor

We

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loved ones lost to the disease.


At Relay, people who have walked alongside those
battling cancer can grieve and find healing.

Katherine Manning of Melrose


will be fitted with
a prosthetic leg
on June 15, just
nine days before
she plans to walk
in the Relay For
Life of Western
Stearns County.

PHOTO BY LAURIE JENNISSEN

removed and a stint put in, tests at the Mayo Clinic indicated the tumor was still quite large and hadnt shrunk as
much as the doctors had hoped it would. It was then that
Manning received devastating news. To ensure the cancer would not come back, Mannings doctor advised her
to have her leg amputated. There was an eighty percent
chance it could come back if the leg would not have been
removed. The surgery was scheduled for the next day, Nov.
6.
I had 24 hours to swallow that this leg will be gone,
said Manning. The next day in my hospital room, before
surgery, my daughters Ashley and Aundrea would not let
go.
While being prepped for surgery in the operating room,
Manning drew strength from God and her blessings from
heaven, five of her babies who died from miscarriages and
a nephew who also had passed away too young.
A priest came in to pray over me, she said. It was
so touching and calming because when he was praying,

Manning continued on page 7

FIGHT BACK

We will
We Relay because we have been touched by cancer
and desperately want to put an end to the disease. We
encourage everyone to take up the fight...quit smoking,
have a mammogram, eat healthier, etc.

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Program of Events

RELAY 2016

4:30 pm

4:35 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:45 pm
6:50 pm

Relay kicks-off Special song sung


by Sarah Coltvet
Silent Auction begins
Kids games begin
Registration for survivors begins
Official ceremony begins
Opening prayers are led by
Pastor Mike Carlson
6:55 pm National Anthem is sung by
Jackie Spoden-Bolz
7:00 pm Survivor lap begins led by Knights of
Columbus. Special Relay music is
played on bagpipes by Jake McLellan
7:15 pm Caregiver Ceremony begins
7:30 pm Team laps begin water balloons
are distributed/team songs are played
8:30 pm Kids games resume
9:00 pm Silent auction is closed winning bids
are announced-winner of free will
drawing is announced
9:20 pm Empty Table Ceremony begins
9:40 pm Luminaria ceremony begins
Special Relay song being sung by
Wendy Wessel and bagpipe music by
Jake McLellan
10:00 pm Team name reading begins
11:15 pm HOPE is changed to CURE
11:45 pm DJ LeRoy Thompsons entertainment
and games resume
1:00 am Saved luminarias are taken off the track
1:15 am Relayers clean-up begins
1:30 am Wrap up begins, Relay winners with
most laps walked are announced.
Door prize drawings are held,
Cancer cells are destroyed
Next years Relay date is announced
June 23, 2017
1:45 am Balloon release is held
2:00 am Relay is officially ended

Relay for Life

Relay For Life of Western Stearns County Teams & Captains

Team Captain Team

Anfos Dunks Cancer .................................... Annie Anfinson


Blessings from Heaven........................... Katherine Manning
Can Cure Crew................................................ Marlene Mohr
CentraCare- Sauk Centre..............................Abby Henderson
Coborns Cares................................................Debby Ellering
Fuze Out Cancer....................................... Mandy Thompson
Hunting for a Cure...........................................Robert Straub
Janes Gang........................................................Tina Messer
Just for Joe........................................................April Toeben

Captain

Karens Country Friends...........................Karen Rademacher


Kerfelds Kourage........................................Jody Bruggeman
Kure Kickers..................................................Melissa Hornick
Larrys Angels................................................Tammy Huston
Minnesota National Bank........................... Rosanne Eekhoff
Spark of Hope.............................................. Jessie Chounard
Spirit of Hope............................................. Kim Hollenkamp
The Mac Pac....................................................Pam McLellan
Walking4acure...............................................Dianna Nelson

American Cancer Society presents

Grand Prize:

Relay For Life of Western Stearns County Drawing

Beautiful, Handmade
Quilt 54 x 72
Donated by
Nancy Kazlauckas
Quilt is valued at $400

Drawing to be held at Relay For Life of Western Stearns County on June 24, 2016
at 9 p.m. at Stearns County Fairgrounds, 1105 Ash Street S., Sauk Centre, MN.

Ticket Price: Free will donation supports the American Cancer Society. No purchase necessary.
Tickets will be available at the Relay on June 24. Need not be present to win. Must be 18+ to participate. One ticket per person.

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Silent Auction Donations

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Becky Burrer2- Knitted Christmas Socks
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Boomerang Marine & Powersports $20.00 Gift Card
Boyer Motor $35.00 Gift Certificate
Burger King (Melrose) 2- Meal Tickets
Carol Bruggemann Set of Pillowcases
Casey's General Store $25.00 Gift Card, Pizza & Donut Coupons
Carefree Travel Charlie Brown Alarm Clock
Centre Fuze Gift Basket
Centre Floral & Boutique $20.00 Gift Certificate
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Cornerstone Restaurant 2- $10.00 Gift Cards
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Borgerdings miracle in beating cancer


The other side of fearan inspirational message

by LAURA HINTZEN
STAFF WRITER

For some, a miracle might be a winning lottery ticket or a state basketball championship.
But for others, life itself is a miracle.
Stephanie (Edling) Borgerding, formerly of Sauk Centre, traveled from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the beginning
of June for a week to visit family and friends, sharing her
story of how she fought cancer not only once, but twice in
her lifetime. She gives it all to God, as she utilized Him in
so many ways to find hope and strength, even at her weakest moments.
You never think cancer is going to touch you or your
family, Borgerding said. My whole story was a complete
miracle. It really helped me realize how strong I was.
When Borgerding was 16 years old, she met her future
husband, Conrad, at youth group in Sauk Centre. Borgerding graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 2008. In
2009 she married Conrad Borgerding and the two of them
moved to Ellsworth AFB, S.D., where Conrad was stationed in the Air Force. A year later, Conrad was deployed
overseas. The Borgerdings are currently stationed at Hill
AFB, Utah.
In 2012, having just turned 22 and excited to graduate
from college, life suddenly sped up for Borgerding. She
was diagnosed with a sinus infection that continued to get
worse.
I first visited my primary doctor and they diagnosed
me with a sinus infection, Borgerding said. I was prescribed painkillers which did not helpthe pain worsened.
A few weeks later, Borgerdings pain and pressure
again became unbearable, and she demanded more to be
done, so the ENT performed exploratory surgery where he
found a tumor that had grown to the point it had broken her
nose and her eye was out of the socket, distorting her vision. The doctor sent a biopsy to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for diagnosis.
The earliest appointment Borgerding was able to
schedule was three weeks out, and that was far too long.
She knew she needed to be seen immediately.
Conrads grandmother, Darlene Lester, had a connection at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and was able to make
it possible for Borgerding to get in and receive the care
she needed instead of waiting in Rapid City for the results.
During the week between the biopsy and the start of the
treatment, the tumor had grown from the size of an orange
to the size of a grapefruit.
Once at the Mayo, Borgerding was diagnosed with
Stage 3 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma; a rare soft tissue
pediatric cancer.
It was honestly a miracle to get into the Mayo so
quickly, Borgerding said. There were people waiting for
months outside in the lobby area, hoping to get even a few
seconds to speak with a doctor. I believe it was divine intervention that ultimately put me in the hands of Dr. Arndt
who specializes in Rhabdo before it was too late.
Borgerding has no family history of cancer and Rhab-

PHOTO BY LAURA HINTZEN

Stephanie Borgerding used her strong faith in God


to overcome her battles in Rhabdomyosarcoma; a
rare soft tissue pediatric cancer.
domyosarcoma is not a genetic cancer. However, since it is
a pediatric cancer, there is very little government funding
and only minor research being done in finding a cure. Pediatric cancer is extremely underfunded and has to rely on
donations specified for pediatric cancer. In shock, Borgerding had little time to think, but everything to do.
With her strong faith in God she said, I will not give
up. I will fight in order to survive.
Since the closest place to receive the treatment she
needed was in Rochester, Borgerding moved back in with
her parents in Sauk Centre while Conrad continued to
serve in the Air Force in South Dakota, visiting as often
as he could.
Borgerding went to the clinic every week for chemotherapy treatment and an overnight stay. The next two
weeks were outpatient. Three weeks into it, she started radiation on top of chemotherapy for six weeks.
Borgerding would look forward to the days after radiation as the tumor slowly withered down.
During treatment, I would look over and watch my
tumor shrink through the scans, Borgerding said. It was
a relief.
On her good days, she would maybe get one activity
in like visiting with a friend or going for a short walk to the
mailbox, but then she was exhausted.
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a power port for chemo and had to wear braces on her legs
to walk due to the nerve damage caused by the chemo.
I still have some nerve damage in my feet today, but
its significantly better, Borgerding said. Chemo takes
everything out of you.
After nine months of treatments, which included 83
chemo treatments and six weeks of daily radiation, Borgerding was declared cancer free. The Borgerdings were
granted a humanitarian move by the Air Force to Hill AFB,
Utah, so the couple could be together for quarterly follow
-up scans at a nearby hospital that is able to treat Rhabdo
patients. She finally had enough energy and time to do the
things she loved.
In 2013, during her remission scans, the Borgerdings
moved to Hill AFB in Utah. Remission scans required her
to get her blood drawn, an MRI, a PET Scan and a CT
Scan.
Around Christmas time, she felt a lump at the base of
her neck in a lymph node. She called the oncologist and
scheduled an appointment for the beginning of January.
After biopsy results came back, it was confirmed she
had another battle to fight against Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Borgerding was hospitalized at the Primary Childrens
Hospital in Salt Lake City for her second fight, where Conrad and her mother, Stacey Edling, were there for her, providing the love and support she needed.
There were specific protocols and chemo for Rhabdomyosarcoma that can only be treated by pediatric oncologists. This made Borgerding one of the oldest patients in
the entire hospital.
Borgerding remembers the kids riding trikes down the
hallways and playing, just as kids do.
It made me realize that kids fight with so much more
hope than adultsthey dont play the poor me card because they dont know any different, Borgerding said.
The fact that I was fighting next to these little superheroes
filled with so much hope was a miracle in itself that gave
me more strength to fight.
Friends have expressed how Borgerdings faith and
positive attitude through her fight with cancer have inspired
them and helped make their life struggles more bearable.
Having friends and family alongside to pray and support
her made coping with cancer much easier.
Whenever I was having a down day, someone would
give me a few words of wisdom or an inspirational quote
to get me through the day, Borgerding said. God has really used me to reach out to other people and inspire people
through my fight.
Borgerding shares what cancer taught her:
Cancer changes people, it sculpts us into someone
who understands more deeply, appreciates more quickly,
hopes more desperately, loves more often and lives more
passionately.
What God is bringing you through at this very moment is going to be the testimony that will help bring someone else through their trial. Your greatest test is when you
are able to bless someone else while you are going through
your own storm.
Stay strong, make them wonder how youre still
smiling because each day is a gift, so dont send it back
unopened. Always remember your life is your message to
the world, so make sure its inspiring.
A year later, Borgerding was once again cancer free
and decided to go visit her brother, Drew, in Florida. Because of a weaker immune system she came down with a
strep infection in her bloodstream causing her to get Scarlet Fever. She had to be quarantined in a Florida hospital
for a week.
Now, life is a little bit different, Borgerding said. I

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You fight as hard as youre willing to put into it. Its
Every three months, Borgerding is due for a check- important to stay positive, Borgerding said. Faith was
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Growing up in high school, she helped care for her
grandma who told her she would make a great nurse.
Von Wahlde, 34, started nursing at CentraCare
HealthMelrose in 2002 as an LPN after graduating
from St. Cloud Technical College. She continued to
work at the hospital and in 2006, she completed her
degree at Fergus Falls Technical College with her
RN.
In 2005, Von Wahlde got married to Mike and
moved to a dairy farm in Melrose, where they are
raising three children together; Madisyn, Greta and
Luke.
Von Wahlde has worked at a hospital, nursing
home and within the last one and one-half years has
been working as a chemotherapy nurse, along with
being a surgical nurse and an OB educator at the clinic twice a month.
Von Wahlde said there are three trained chemotherapy nurses at CentraCare HealthMelrose. The
role of the three nurses is to work within the outreach,
chemotherapy and OR departments.
Approximately 20 chemotherapy treatments are
completed in a month with each visit on average lasting at least four hours.
Von Wahlde said the typical day for a patient follows this format: the patient comes in the morning
and labs are drawn. The results are reviewed to make
sure they are within the correct parameters. Next, the
pharmacist is notified to prepare the medications and
chemotherapy as ordered. If the results are good, according to their treatment plan, the patient will receive pre-treatment medications, which generally
include anti-nausea medications. Once infused with
those medications, the patient has a 30-minute wait
to make sure the medication is in and working. The
chemotherapy starts after that.
All chemo drugs are administered differently.
Some are through an IV and some are an injection,
Von Wahlde said. Some treatments may infuse over
10 minutes and others may last for two hours.
Prior to starting any chemotherapy infusion, two
nurses perform safety checks to be sure the correct
dose is given to the correct patient.
As a chemo nurse, Von Wahlde is responsible
for making sure the patient is treated properly.
First, she goes through an assessment with
the patient. If a patient has changes in symptoms, increased fatigue, fever, cold symptoms,
Von Wahlde will notify the oncologist to determine if the treatment should be continued. She
is always on the lookout for signs of a reaction
and is ready to implement the proper procedures if there is any reaction.
Von Wahlde gained more and more appreciation for her work and compassion for the patients she
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Manning continued from page 1


the whole surgical team stopped what they were doing and
listened. When he left, an overwhelming feeling of warmth
came over me.
While Manning was in surgery, the priest at the hospital talked for an hour with family members who were
present in the waiting room, assuring them it would all turn
out for the best.
Normally a six-to-eight hour surgery, Manning was
being stitched up after only an hour and 15 minutes.
We were told the surgery all went very well, and the
surgeon was not only one hundred percent sure they gotten all the cancer, but one hundred ten percent sure, said
Clayton.
The three youngest children in the family did not
know about the surgery until after it was completed because Manning wanted to tell them about it in person.
Annika, our 7-year-old, told me she was glad my
leg was gone because now I would be here for her, said a
tearful Manning.
Another part of her journey had begun. With faith,
determination and family by her side, Manning defied the
odds once again by astonishing the nurses when she was up
from her hospital bed an hour after surgery. Three months
later, Manning was fitted for a prosthetic leg to practice
on until the familys insurance would go through, allowing
Manning to be fitted for a robotic leg. With the new practice leg, Manning went through a week of physical therapy at Mayo Clinic with her daughter Alexis by her side.
This physical therapy would eventually make it easier to
use her robotic leg when the time came.
The more I pushed myself, I felt the further I would
get on my journey, she said.

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The Manning family is pictured at daughter Aundreas wedding. Front (from left): Katherine Manning, daughters Abigail, Ava, Annika and daughter/bride Aundrea Bloch; Back: husband Clayton,
son-in-law Ryan LaMere, daughter Alexis LaMere, granddaughter Vera LaMere, groom/son-in-law
Robert Bloch, daughters Annette Manning and Ashley Malecha, son-in-law Kristopher Malecha and
son Anthony. Not pictured are four grandchildren: Augustine Malecha, Mav Malecha, John LaMere
and MaKinlee Bloch.
Aided by a walker, Manning is determined to use her
wheelchair as little as possible. Because her surgery involved a hip disarticulation (the surgical removal of the
entire lower limb at the hip level), Manning will need the
robotic device which will include the joints of the hip, knee
and ankle. Manning will be fitted for the leg on June 15,
just nine days prior to her walk in the Relay for Life.
I was told I could use a golf cart at the event, but I am
determined to walk it, said Manning, who has taken part
in the Relay for Life with her family the last eight years,
walking for other people.
I could sit back and watch the world pass me by, or
I could continue on and be part of it and thank God every
day that I am here and can see my kids grow up, said a
determined Manning.
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dren, sons-in-law, and two friends will be walking on a


team fittingly called, Blessings from Heaven, in honor
of the family members who have died and are now their
inspiration.
The Relay for Life teams are asked to pick a song
when they start out on the walk. Mannings team has chosen the song, Angels Among Us, by Alabama.
We cry every time we hear that song, said Manning.
Its all still so fresh.
On March 17, Manning was declared cancer free.
On July 21, she will have her next four-month check-up
at Mayo Clinic. This fall she will go back to work and continue life as she knew it before, with a few adjustments
along the way.
With my husband, children and God by my side,
were going to make it, said Manning.

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