The Survivors Lap began last year's Relay for Life and will again start this year's events. It is at 6 p.m.
The Survivors Lap began last year's Relay for Life and will again start this year's events. It is at 6 p.m.

OTTAWA — This year’s honorary chairperson for the Relay for Life of Putnam County said having cancer is not a death sentence. She said she think’s of it as God’s way of saying he knows you are strong-willed and can handle anything you go through.

Lori Peterson, Leipsic, knows that life can change in the blink of an eye. On Sept. 19, 2009, she was diagnosed as having chronic myeloid leukemia. It’s a type of cancer that usually occurs in older people.

Peterson will lead the Survivor’s Lap this Friday when the 2014 Relay at the Titan Stadium in Ottawa. The Survivor Lap will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the Caregiver Lap and the Team Banner Lap.

Currently there are 23 teams that have registered to take part in this year’s event.

The popular auction will begin at 7 p.m. Nearly 100 items will be auctioned off to raise money for the Relay for Life.

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Items included on the list include a $400 set of ¼ carat of diamond earrings, video chairs, Kelly Waters necklace, bbq grill, rod iron wine tree, pizza certificates, three sections of a memory garden, and numerous gift cards to businesses.

Peterson said it was an odd discovery when she found her cancer. She had started to develop bruises all over her body and one evening bled for two hours after cutting her knee.

“Luckily since my cancer was caught in the early stage, “I have to take a pill daily,” Peterson said she rarely has nausea or vomiting and never lost her hair.

“For me the outcome is very promising,” she said. “I live a very normal life. I will say it forever. I am very lucky and blessed.”

Peterson said the hardest thing is the cancer has made delayed her and her husband starting a family. “Like most married couples we would like to start a family,” she said. “Unfortunately I have to be in complete remission for two years.” She said if she got pregnant while taking the Tasigna it would cause birth defects to the baby.

“Every situation is what you make it,” Peterson said. “ry and have a positive attitude and support system.”

Even if you don’t have a team the Relay for Life Committee invite you to come out to support the teams, fun and events.