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Team Bodacious Broads - Relay for Life

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Front row (L-R) Trey Olson, Addy Hershberger, Angel Apenhorst. Second row (L-R) Nicole Danielson, Lynda Olson, Angi Brunsvold, Gretchen Schwichtenberg, Deb Apenhorst, John Apenhorst. Third row (L-R)Amy Hershberger, Mavis Brunsvold, Carole Engen, Rick Olson, Sheila Reicks, Bailey Brunsvold, Justin Apenhorst, Mark Apenhorst. Fourth row (L-R) Hiding Justin Apenhorst, Jody Solberg, Dean Brunsvold, Harvey Hershberger, Jamie Reicks, Joe Kaase, Bryan Fishbaugher. MISSING: Duane Solberg, Paul, Barb, Michael, Andrew & Sammi Storsveen, Ryli Tostenson, Quinci Kaase, Aiden Reicks, Jeff, Cole, Carson & Clay Schwichtenberg, Atlee Hershberger, Dan & Penny Solberg, Braydon Danielson, Taylor, Logan & Jenessa Richardson and Dusty Solberg.

"Your test results are back and show that you have cancer." Have you been sitting in a doctor's office with a loved one and shared that horrible moment with them while they heard those scary words? Maybe you have waited for months to find out what was wrong with someone and now they come to see or call you with the news that they have been diagnosed with cancer. Even worse yet: have you been told that you have cancer?

Each year about 564,000 Americans will die of cancer; that is more than 1,500 people a day. In the US, cancer accounts for nearly one of every four deaths and is the second most common cause of death, heart disease being number one.

April was Cancer Control month and Relay for Life Team Bodacious Broads wanted to do something about it. The team hosted a benefit to recognize this. All proceeds from the event are being donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Fillmore County which will be held in Wykoff on Friday, July 30th.

Team Bodacious Broads got its name from Dean and Mavis Brunsvold's grandson, Andrew Storsveen (Barb Brunsvold Storsveen's son), who is a junior at UW Eau Claire. He felt the name fit the group of women perfectly! The team consists of three women who have been diagnosed with cancer along with their family members and friends who have been affected. The team's first year was in 2009 and raised a little under $4,000.

Relay for Life is a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against the disease. Team Bodacious Broads can relate to this on all three levels and are excited to continue to raise funds for the Relay for Life of Fillmore County to remember, celebrate and help fight back!

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives. (

Team Bodacious Broads held a Relay for Life of Fillmore County Benefit at Wheelers Bar and Grill on Saturday, April 17th. The day consisted of a bean bag tournament and silent auction. The evening started off with John Apenhorst, Dean and Mavis Brunsvold's oldest grandson, (Deb Brunsvold Apenhorst's son) auctioning off his hair for $175.00 While that was being prepped for Grandma Mavis to cut, the live auction began and followed up with music by Karaoke Joe. Team Bodacious Broads served food all day and evening. With over 65 silent auction items, over 100 live auction items, the bean bag tournament, John's hair being cut, food and Tossing for a Cure koozies, Team Bodacious Broads first Annual Relay for Life benefit was a success!

Prior to Saturday's event, all of the team members worked diligently to bring the day together. Preparing food, shirt and koozie design, getting donations for the auctions, marketing and advertising the event and then putting everything together. In addition to the benefit on the 17th, our youngest member, Sammi Storsveen, a senior at Cotter High School in Winona, MN, raised $171.00 by promoting dress down day and various basketball shooting games at her school. Sammi is the only granddaughter to Dean and Mavis Brunsvold (Barb Brunsvold Storsveen's daughter).

Besides local businesses donating to this event, local artists ranging in age of nine years old and up donated their artwork to be sold on the auctions. Even Gail Engen and granddaughter Addison Hershberger brought in some extra money at the end of the night with their singing talent! When the event was all over, Team Bodacious Broads raised over $8,000!!! Way to go Team Bodacious Broads and families!!!

Team Bodacious Broads will be serving at the ice cream social over the 4th of July celebration in Harmony and will be serving one Wednesday night at Music in the Park in Harmony. All proceeds from both of these events will also be donated to the Relay for Life of Fillmore County.

This is a cause that everyone on the team is very passionate about. Anyone can develop cancer. Although the risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age, with most cases occurring in adults who are middle aged or older, don't wait! Don't wait to go get an annual check-up. Don't keep saying "it's nothing" when you are having some minor health issues. With all of the cancer research and statistics out there we all need to be more cautious. Look at your parents, your significant other, your children, your grandchildren, the rest of your family and friends - they, too, will be affected if you are diagnosed with cancer. Remember all of the things in your lifetime that you want to accomplish - your bucket-list. Chances are, your family and friends will want you to accomplish those things too.

SAVE THE DATE: March 26, 2011, Team Bodacious Broads Relay for Life of Fillmore County 2011 Benefit at Wheelers Bar and Grill in Harmony. We look forward to seeing you there!

Team Bodacious Broads: Mavis Brunsvold, Carole Engen, Penny Solberg, Deb Apenhorst, Barb Storsveen, Lynda Olson, Angi Brunsvold, Sheila Reicks, Sammi Storsveen, Amy Hershberger, Jamie Solberg, Gretchen Schwichtenberg, Jody Engen, Nicole Danielson.

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