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Celebration of Life honors cancer survivors and those who lost their livesSubmitted: 08/17/2017
Rose McBride
Rose McBride
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Celebration of Life honors cancer survivors and those who lost their lives
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers. 

The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.

"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland. 

This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.


"I was still there every day, went to work every day after cancer treatment. I was here first thing every morning…it all worked out well, life goes on," said Regole. 

Later in the night there was a butterfly release and community members were invited to tour the cancer center. 


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