Mid­dle­ton Re­lay For Life raises more than $36,000 for can­cer re­search


The woman who came up with the ‘Over­comer’ hats and started the ‘Hats for Courage Cam­paign’ told a large crowd of can­cer sur­vivors about her can­cer jour­ney start­ing when she was first di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive breast can­cer in Novem­ber 2016.

Tanya Marie Olscamp, of Mid­dle­ton, spoke at the Mid­dle­ton Re­lay For Life Sur­vivors’ Re­cep­tion on June 2. She’s the woman who had a lo­cal em­broi­dery shop make her a hat with the word ‘Over­comer’ on it for when she be­gan chemo­ther­apy treat­ments.

The cam­paign was able to give more than 200 ‘Over­comer’ hats to chemo­ther­apy pa­tients at Val­ley Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. The cam­paign re­ceived sup­port from as far away as Cal­i­for­nia.

The Mid­dle­ton re­lay ran from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Mid­dle­ton Arena, with 12 teams rais­ing just over $36,000. It was the 16th year for the Mid­dle­ton event that has raised more than $1.5 mil­lion in to­tal.

Sit­ting with Olscamp at the re­cep­tion was a young ‘Over­comer’ Karissa Bezan­son from Lawrence­town who suf­fers from a rare form of leukemia. One ta­ble over was 12-year-old Olivia Car­son of Nic­taux who has been un­der­go­ing surg­eries and treat­ments for a fast-grow­ing form of can­cer called medul­loblas­toma.

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Can­cer Sur­vivors Karissa Bezan­son and Tanya Marie Olscamp sat to­gether dur­ing the Sur­vivors Re­cep­tion at the Mid­dle­ton Re­lay For Life June 2 at the Mid­dle­ton Arena. Olscamp was the event’s guest speaker. The event raised $36,000 for can­cer re­search.

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