Team Spotlight: Karen’s Crusaders

Team captain Monica Garven shares why her family created a team for Laura’s Smile Mile on June 7th. I created the team “Karen’s Crusaders” for our family and friends to join together as a way to support my Aunt Karen in her fight against ovarian cancer. The team is currently up to about 40 members. Karen was diagnosed January of 2012 and has courageously, inspirationally, and defiantly put on her boxing gloves and looked cancer straight in the eye. She continues to put up an amazing fight; her strength and positive attitude has been incredible through this difficult time. Karen
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Team Spotlight: Sande is Smiling

  Hi, my name is Tina Lawrence, my husband Steve and our kids, Jessi and Adam are part of a team that, for now, we are calling ourselves… “Sande is Smiling”. Our team was created in honor of my mom, Sande Seibel.  My mom was diagnosed in late November-December 2008 with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. After her most courageous battle, 22 months later, she passed. She was 63 years old when she passed – taken way too soon. There are so many ways to describe my mom. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and  nurse as well
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What’s new? Packet Pick up and parking!

New for 2013 This year we have three new features. First, we will have more parking available. We have rented the additional grass parking lot near the main pavilion when you enter the park along East Lagoon Drive. We will also be using a chip timing system for all 5K race participants; chips will be attached to your racing bibs. Finally, we are offering a gear check tent to keep your belongings safe and secure during the event. Advance Goodie Bag Pickup You have the option to pick up your goodie bags, racing bibs and T-shirts in advance at Performance Running Outfitters (4533 N.
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Team Spotlight: Gail’s Groupies

Tell me about yourself and why you created a team to run/walk Laura’s Smile Mile. Our friend Gail is an ovarian cancer survivor. She is passionate about getting the word out about the whispers of ovarian cancer. As part of this passion, she has encouraged us to participate in the Laura’s Smile Mile event every year. In light of this, we decided to form a team this year. What is the story behind the name your team name? 5 years ago, a group of us women met while training for the Wisconsin Half Marathon in Kenosha. We have been meeting every Saturday
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Team Spotlight: Jane’s Support Staff

Jane McLaughlin is a parishioner and employee of St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.  She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in February and after surgery is currently undergoing extensive chemo at Froedtert.   She has two sons, Matt and Ryan and an extremely loving, supportive husband Dan. We a part of “Jane’s Support Staff” are members of St. Anthony’s and/or co-workers who are with her on her journey thru the chemo period. When Jane, Barb and myself went to order a wig for the after effects of chemo, an employee at Froedtert asked who Barb and I
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Team Spotlight: Shmiles for Shmom

Tell me about yourself and why you created a team to run/walk Laura’s Smile Mile. My name is Marie Wierzbinski. I am a 21-year-old advertising/PR student at UW-Milwaukee. I created Shmiles for Shmom for my mom, Kris Wierzbinski, who was diagnosed with late Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer in February of 2011. She underwent almost immediate surgery and started her weekly chemotherapy treatments after recovery. She finished chemo in late 2012, only to recently find out her cancer is back. Shmiles for Shmom developed as a way for her friends and family to come and show their support and inspire her
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Team Spotlight: First UUS

First UUS is the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee team. (The two U’s stand for Unitarian Universalist, but also for US!) Three of us in our congregation are ovarian cancer survivors.  I am trying to enlist more church members to join my team, but it’s open to other friends as well. One of my sailing buddies who lives in Madison is joining our team. Today there are six members registered, and I hope we’ll have more than 10. One of the other survivors from our church volunteers along with me in the Survivors Teaching Students program. About every six weeks,
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Team Spotlight: Evelyn’s Team

My name is Linda Fixel and I am one of three daughters of Evelyn Neu. My two older sisters are Marlene Lemminger and Dianne Obermann. Our mother has been a great inspiration to us and has always been a fighter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 50’s and fought hard when the chemo made her extremely ill. She was able to go into remission for 18 years before being diagnosed with cancer in her second breast. Due to early screening she was able to fight the bilateral cancer with radiation treatments. Six months after finishing radiation she
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Team Spotlight: Tracey’s Troop

My name is Amanda Robinette and I am grew up in the Milwaukee area. I live in Chicago now and am currently a first year medical student at Midwestern University. I will be running in the race with my sister Brooke in support of our mom. She was diagnosed almost exactly 5 years ago with stage 2c ovarian cancer. Since that time, she has had several recurrences and just recently had another major debulking surgery. It has been a long struggle for our family and that is exactly why my sister and I feel that this race is so important. We want to
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Team Spotlight: Team Orthopaedic Associates of WI

Tell us about yourself and why you created a team to run/walk Laura’s Smile Mile. Team Orthopaedic Associates of WI was formed as one of our Physician Assistants – Michelle Filzen her sister Chrissy Kind an Occupational Therapist for ATI Physical Therapy (located next to us) mother, Barb Mihm is currently battling Ovarian Cancer. In addition, Michelle’s husband Nate was cousin to Laura who this race is named after.   What is the story behind the name your team? We named our team after our company as the majority of people on our team are coworkers with Michelle and Chrissy.
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