Brian Toth, Rob Durand, Brian and Kevin Stackpoole, have had their fill of breast cancer.None of them have suffered from the disease directly but all of them have felt breast cancer’s ugly tentacles encroaching on their families. Brian Toth’s mother fought it, Rob Durand’s aunt fought it and Kevin and Brian Stackpoole lost their mother, Janine Stackpoole, to the disease in 2000.
So how exactly are they fighting back? The young men have formed a non-profit organization called Curves for the Cure. It’s a wiffle® ball tournament to raise money that will help fight what can be a devastating disease.
past four years they have raised $14,000 for St. Joseph’s Mercy Cancer Care
Center in Ann Arbor and they don’t plan on slowing down any this year. Mark Saturday, August 2 on the calendar. from
until , the men are bringing the tournament from its
former spot on Durand’s property in Holly to Frankenmuth. The event takes place
on Dave and Carol Johnston’s property along the CassRiver on
a Frankenmuth resident and father of organizer Brian Toth, raves about the
event, “It’s a lot of fun. Last year Jim Durand and I played in the senior
division and we doubled as the grill-meisters. I have to say it was a bit hard
to move for a few days afterwards but it was great fun,” he said. To
participate, players need to be at least 21 years old. Teams will have the
opportunity to win great prizes from Bose and GanderMountain. There’s a 50/50
drawing, and lots of good food from Subway, Tim Horton’s and other sponsors.
idea started after the group of friends participated in a wiffle ball
Other than being female, the greatest risk factor for women contracting breast cancer is age. Older women are more likely to get breast cancer. It is much less frequent among younger women. Men also suffer from breast cancer as local resident Roger Grates can confirm. He contracted the disease in the late 90s. Grates had a history of various types of cancer in his family including ovarian and breast cancer but those cases were in female family members. Grates had a problem with fatty tumors growing in various parts of his body. At the time of his diagnosis he had a particular tumor that was bothering him along his belt line. So he made an appointment to have it removed. In the waiting room he started reading some of the literature on breast cancer.
the information, he realized that he had one of the symptoms and he proceeded
to ask his doctor some questions about his condition. He had developed an
inverted nipple in recent weeks. After reading the literature he became
concerned, so he asked if the doctor could check him and remove the tumors. The
doctor did and the tumor from his breast came back positive. Eventually Grates
had a mastectomy followed by several rounds of chemotherapy. He followed the
chemo with a regimen of Tamoxophen which further reduced his chances of the
reoccurrence of cancer. Grates received the majority of his treatment at the
Kris Mikolaizak, who runs Pewter Kingdom, had a bout with breast cancer when she was 37, a young age to be diagnosed with such an illness. She went for a routine pap smear. The doctors noticed something unusual about her results but didn’t draw any conclusions. It was only when she discovered her breast bleeding on several different occasions that she went back for more testing. Her intuition was right. She was suffering from a more aggressive form of cancer than Roger Grates and was treated with surgery, and a heavy dose of chemotherapy as well as Tamoxophen. Fortunately she is in full remission and is expected to be cancer free with continual monitoring.
Toth’s mother, Kathy, has been in remission for nearly 10 years. Her breast
cancer was discovered after a routine mammogram and was treated in
It is important to check for lumps on a regular basis. If you feel uncertain at any point in your medical care pursue it. If your intuition tells you that there is something wrong get it checked out until you are satisfied with the answers that you receive. If you are dissatisfied with the medical treatment you’ve received go elsewhere. It could mean the difference between life and death.