The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties starts Friday night, July 20th at 6 at the Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School track. As Nancy Naeve Brown tells us, Mickey Metcalf has not only made a 5 year commitment to walking all night during the hour relay, she's also committed to raising a lot of money for the cause and a cure.
Mickey Metcalf owns and operates MD Engraving in Sioux Falls. She also owns being a cancer survivor, living up to the saying those who can, should. She says she's more than able and willing to take time out of her busy schedule to walk in the American Cancer Society's 21st Annual Relay for Life this weekend in Sioux Falls.
"Number 1, I'm a cancer survivor. Number 2, I walk in honor and in memory of my mother. To celebrate the survivors dealing with cancer and remembrance of those who've lost loved ones to cancer I've lost a lot because of various cancers, "Mickey said.
Mickey celebrated her 14th anniversary of being cancer free on Wednesday July 18, 2012.
"It was enclosed in my saliva gland. They caught it early enough and I never had radiation, I never had to have treatment. But if I didn't catch it early enough it would have followed a nerve path to my brain. I'm a big advocate of prevention and knowing your body. If something's not right, go in and check it out and then follow up, "Mickey said.
Mickey's mom and best friend Lynne Metcalf wasn't that lucky. She died from pancreatic cancer in March of 2007 after a hard fought 15 month battle.
"I think about her all the time. She is always sitting right here on my shoulder. When I get tired I think what she went through or what my Great Aunt went through, my college roommate died from ovarian cancer. I'm fortunate, I caught mine early enough. When I'm tired I'll keep walking. I figure that's the least I can do, that's the least I can do for those who are fighting this, because I'm able to," Mickey said.
At last count Mickey raised $5,665, more than any other single participant. The walk kicks-off at 6 pm and goes throughout the night until 6 am. You are more than welcome to go and sign up for the CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study). They will have a special booth set up for that.