John Krenowicz honored as cancer survivor


by: Submitted Photo - John Krenowicz

   The public is invited to join the Jefferson County Soroptimists at its Sixth Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life, July 19 and 20, at Madras High School. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.
   This year's corporate sponsors are Central Oregon Seeds Inc., Morgan-Stanley and Mountain View Hospital. Without their generous contributions, the event would not be possible.
   This year, John Krenowicz is being honored as the 2003 Cancer Survivor. Krenowicz is a farm boy from Nebraska, who served in the Marines and raised five children with his late wife Joan.
   His testicular cancer was diagnosed January 2000 and he completed his final treatments July 2001. He has participated in the last two victory walks at the Madras Relay For Life and said he has felt such immense support at the relays.
   "Dad maintained a positive attitude through his cancer treatments," said his eldest son, Joe. "His sense of humor made it easier for his friends and family who were helping him. He made some parts of the experience fun for his grandchildren, too. Before he started chemotherapy, he took several pictures of himself with different hats, asking each grandchild to vote on their favorite selection. All the kids did vote and felt part of his journey."
   "Dad always recognized that you can't do anything alone," said daughter Diane Spalding. "He was glad for the help, even in the most humiliating of times."
   Eldest daughter Nancy Card said, "It was really great to see him take care of himself. He would take advice and counsel and would do what he was told so that he'd get better. He so appreciated the nurses, doctors and other health professionals who would answer his questions and care about his recovery. We, as a family, are so lucky to have him. He has always been an example of living life each day to its fullest and frankly, few of us can keep up with him."
   For cancer survivors, each day, month and year is a victory. all Jefferson County cancer survivors are invited to join in the Victory Lap at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at the MHS track. Refreshments will be served afterward. If you are a survivor and want to participate, contact Bonnie Grote at 475-6901 or Ruth Paiya at 475-7721.
   Relay For Life is a team event to fight cancer. Participants collect pledges and organize teams of eight to 12 people, who take turns traveling around the quarter-mile track at MHS relay-style for a full 24 hours.
   "This year we have 12 teams signed up so far, reported team recruitment coordinators Joanne Norton and Sharon Williams. Two miscellaneous teams are available to those who don't already belong to an established team. Call Diane Henrikson at 475-6627 to sign-up.
   Funds generated go to the American Cancer Society to support education and patient services in Jefferson County, and cancer research elsewhere in Oregon.