Grundy County Relay for Life raises money to fight cancer

REINBECK - Cancer survivors, caregivers, family, friends and community members banded together on Friday night to join in the fight against cancer at this year’s Grundy County Relay for Life in Reinbeck.

 

Friday night, the Relay night kicked off with a flag ceremony and opening prayer by Pastor Joel Love. Throughout the night there was a silent auction, kids games, dunk tank, live music performance and more, which raised money for the American Cancer Society.

 

During the survivor and caregiver ceremony, local cancer survivor John Freese - who is the Grundy County Assessor - spoke about his battle with cancer, and how to keep faith and hope during hard times.

 

After being diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in 2015, Freese went in to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for surgery, where the initial diagnosis showed that the cancer had spread to his bones, liver and lungs. His right kidney was removed - along with a tumor over six and a half inches in size. 

 

In Freese’s case, the cancer is treatable but not curable, and the doctors are focusing on trying to prevent it from spreading further.

 

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