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Hancock BPA selling t-shirts to aid cancer victim

The Hancock Business Professionals of America group is working on achieving  Torch Awards. Participation in the Torch Awards Program can prove beneficial to the chapter and the members. Many activities that qualify for Torch Awards points are service activities. These take the members out into the community, giving them a positive way to impact the area they live in, as well as provide some publicity for the chapter and BPA. Interaction with business leaders, civic organizations and others are some of the many things the program encourages.

The Hancock group is working on two goals for the awards. The “I wear Pink for Nicole” t-shirt Fundraiser is a benefit for Nicole Logan of Hancock who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is Nicole’s story as told in her own words:

“On Nov. 11, 2013 we welcomed our second son, Cole, into the world. What a blessing to our family. Three weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What a whirlwind it has been since then.

“Two weeks prior to delivery, I found a hard mass in my right breast. After numerous visits to the clinic and meeting with numerous doctors, all who believed it was a plugged duct, it wasn’t getting any better. Finally my CNM referred me to the Piper Breast Cancer Center in Minneapolis. Two days later I had my first biopsy and mammogram. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would turn out to be breast cancer. The news was devastating.The week following was full of appointments and tests. I met with my surgeon, Dr. Stoller, my oncologist, Dr. Flynn and a number of wonderful nurses to help me sort through it all. I had an MRI, a PET scan, several blood tests, another biopsy on a lymph node and received a ton of information. The course of treatment was set: 20 weeks of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy with reconstruction and radiation therapy.

“I know that I have a very long road ahead of me and some very intense treatments to get through but I feel that there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel. Jason has been amazing and so supportive. He has been with me every step of the way and will continue to do so. I have two amazing little boys, Clay and Cole, to fight for and they will be my primary focus through all of this. I will see them grown up and I will watch them play football, basketball and baseball. These three will keep me motivated and moving forward at all times. I can only take it one day at a time right now. Please help support my parents and sister through all of this. They have been extremely helpful and have been so loving towards my boys. I don’t know how any of this would be possible without them. Please keep me in your prayers, I am going to need them.

“This is the beginning of my new journey. I know I can do this!”

The BPA will be sellling t-shirts for $16 per shirt. The shirts will say “I wear pink for Nicole on the front and her quote “I know I can do this!” on the back. To order a shirt contact Hancock High School BPA students at 392-5621 or see posters for a list of order form sites.

A benefit is also being planned for May 17 at the Old No. 1 in Morris. More information will follow about this.