Helping out

     Since my daughter Ellen was diagnosed with cancer last summer, I’ve become more aware of other people who have some form of it. Ellen’s illness has taught me first-hand how much it means to have the support of family and friends.

    My family and I have appreciated all the prayers, kind words and the benefits people have hosted for Ellen this past year. The dedication people have had to raising funds for Ellen’s medical expenses have been appreciated as well.

      This evening our family is helping out at a benefit for a Grand Forks woman who has breast cancer. The Red River Runners group in Grand Forks is sponsoring a 5K walk-run for Denae Grove. Registration for the walk-run is at 5:30 p.m. and the race begins at 6 p.m. The event will be held in Riverside Park in Grand Forks and my husband, Brian Gregoire, a member of the Red River Runners, I and our three children are helping pass out the food being served at the event.

        We’re all looking forward to being a part of an effort to help someone else. Stop and say hi if you’re at the event. We’ll be the family with a couple of guys with shaved heads. Ellen’s hair has grown back, but Brian and our son, Thomas, are continuing to shave their heads. Brendan has a little hair, but not much. He plans to get a fresh shave soon. Ellen and I have pretty good heads of hair. Hers came in wavy and with blonde highlights. Mine remains brown and straight.