BLACKFOOT — The Relay for Life survivor dinner was attended by at least 64 cancer survivors Tuesday evening at the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Add family members and the number of people who enjoyed the dinner totaled about 140.
“That’s more than double the number of people who attended last year’s dinner,” said dinner organizer Dawn Larsen.
The dinner was sponsored by On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration and Premier Insurance.
The survival stories were as varied as the survivors.
Brea Von Der Lieth had skin cancer five years ago. Accompanying her at the dinner were her 2 1/2 year old daughter, Cheyenne, and her grandfather, Bill Von Der Lieth.
Lisa Cutler from Fort Hall and her mom, Loreen Thompson, attended the dinner. Cutler had lung cancer. She was tested Tuesday and hopes the test results give her a clean bill of health.
Lola Brower had breast cancer in 2007. She is one year away from her five year mark of being cancer free.
Harley Mickelsen was 4-years-old when she had leukemia.
“I don’t remember anything about it,” she said.
Harley is now 16.
Audrey Porter from Blackfoot had breast cancer.
“We caught it early and I’m doing great,” she said.
Her older sister (by 11 months) had breast cancer five years before she did. Porter is now at her five-year mark.
“My other four sisters are a bit anxious,” said Porter.