Friday, March 28, 2014

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Richard the Lionheart

Nettie's gone but he still runs in the Relay For Life May 3

Released by Krystele Chavez, CCS-FVR


Nettie and Richard Gieselman were together for 30 years until she lost her life to cancer.


ichard Gieselman was married to his high school sweetheart, Nettie, until unexpectedly, five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.


As a devoted and loving husband, Richard was her primary caregiver, witnessing her struggle from beginning to end.


"We were married for 30 great years, and I would have loved to have more years with her," Richard said. "But we couldn't control cancer".

In 2012, he formed a team for Relay For Life in her honor Team Nettie.


The event was an opportunity for everyone to celebrate as they watched her make it through the Survivors' Lap. However, 27 days later on July 7, 2012, Nettie passed away.


Richard certainly teaches the value of fundraising, and is aware that many individuals are reluctant to give money because they don't know where it goes. However, he believes that cancer research helped give her a better quality of life.


"21 days in the hospital, and she is finally able to get up and sit on the wheelchair you know, that was another reason for celebration", Richard says.

"Team Nettie is looking forward to being together, holding each other, while at the same time, helping raise some money for the next person who needs that help", said Giselle in a release this week.


Gieselman knows that there is no way his involvement alone is going to find the cure for cancer. He believes that Relay for Life is beyond just the funds to allocate in finding a cure for cancer.

Team Nettie tops the list of fundraisers with $2,420 to date.


"I am really excited about participating in this year's Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life because every step I take in Relay raises money to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives," he states on his web page.


Donate to Team Nettie and read more here.


The Chilliwack Relay for Life takes place May 3, 2014 at Sardis Secondary School.


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