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.