LAKE TOMAHAWK - Each year about 40,000 people die from metastatic breast cancer, but only 2% of money raised for breast cancer research goes towards this type of cancer.
People with this terminal disease often feel forgotten.
One woman is trying to change that.
Mary Gooze of Oregon, Wisconsin started the One Woman Many Lakes campaign.
"I'm swimming for metastatic breast cancer," explained Gooze. "I was diagnosed with stage IV last June and the research and the monies available for research are lacking for stage IV. So I decided to draw attention to the disease and that's why I'm swimming."
Mary had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. The cancer went into remission after radiation treatments.
Then in 2014, when Mary was training for a triathlon, she had a sharp pain in her hip. The cancer had spread to her bones. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in June 2014.
There are 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer and 40,000 people die from it each year.
"That number is a huge number, because I'm part of it now so it's a scary number," said Gooze. "More funds from the cancer organizations, NIH, national institute of health, needs to see us and realize we are not the forgotten group. We always say don't ignore stage four."
Mary is swimming in lakes all across Wisconsin and the country to try to raise awareness and money for metastatic breast cancer through her One Woman Many Lakes campaign.
"Oh, I am just so proud of her," said good friend and neighbor Barbara Zuhlke. "She has just taken this really difficult thing in her life, to be facing metastatic disease, a disease that ends people's lives, and she's taken around to say 'Hey! We need to make people aware of this disease.'"
With Sunday's donation from the First Weber Foundation, Mary has raised more than $15,000 for metastatic breast cancer research.
Mary has swum 12 lakes and more than 20 miles.
"The lake experience is wonderful but even better are the people supporting me," said Gooze. "And I've always had a group. I come out of the water and they're cheering and that's a great support."
Friends and neighbors came out to support Mary on her swim across Two Sisters Lake on Sunday. Some even joined her in the water.
Mary is fortunate to be healthy enough to still be able to swim. Many with this disease are not. She plans to swim as many lakes as she can to raise as much awareness as she can.
You can follow Mary on her journey and support her cause on her website.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
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