Inspiring Message - Advice to Young People and Cancer Survivors.
Never Give up! Don't be a quitter for you only defeat yourself.
I just received by first degree black belt in karate at the age of 75 years old. I received my degree at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis on March 7.
I am also a cancer survivor, surviving three major cancers: prostate, colon and bladder. I was fortunate to never have had to receive chemo or radiation treatments with any of the cancers. There is life even after being diagnosed with cancer. I am living proof three times over. I have been cancer free for 16 years and am cancer free today.
I hope you will follow my advice as I am living proof today. I am now going for my second degree black belt training at Dojo Karate in Monticello.
I would like to thank everyone who made my 100th birthday such a special occasion - everyone at the Maple Manor who came to my birthday luncheon and all my friends and relatives who attended my open house at the Legion Club. I so appreciate all the cards, presents and good wishes. It's a day I'll never forget.
The Maple Lake Fire Department served up some delicious flapjacks at their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Maple Lake American Legion Club. Left: Tom Blizil and Mark Rassat are busy working in the kitchen. Top Right: Maya Ortiz, Blair Stewig, Heather Blahut, Lori Elsenpeter, and Maddie Nelson pose for a picture with Mayor Lynn Kissock. Ortiz, Blahut, and Nelson are the 2015 Ambassador candidates. Stewig and Elsenpeter were crowned in 2014. Bottom Right: Red fireman boots were used as receptacles for donations at the Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Maple Lake Fire Department Relief Association