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Wausau woman gives back to cause near to her heart


By Mike Haberle

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- People volunteer to raise money for causes every year. But for Barbara Powell, little did she know, the event she signed up for would be of help to her in the future.

"My former Aspirus nurse and my two friends Kate Bliss and Kitty Switherheart," Powell explained. "We volunteer for one thing a year to educate and help with health. And this year, in September, we signed up for the Susan G. Koman run. I didn't know this, but 4 months later I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer."

With a family that is already physically active. the run seemed like a natural fit. Overall Barbara had 22 family members, as well as friends, take part in the race. Each person wore a neon green T-shirt that said "Team Powell" on the front, and "Got, Caught, Fought and Won" on the back.

"This event is really special, because not only is she a wonderful mother but she's a wonderful nurse," said her daughter Christy Powell. "She's a wonderful friend and everybody is here to support her and lend her support through her cancer treatment. We're very excited that it's over and she's a survivor."

In fact, Barbara finished her radiation treatments this week. And the ones that are truly excited about that is her family.

"She's so much fun," said Barbara's granddaughter Benna. "She's really kind, caring, she's so generous and I'm just really luck to still have her."

But the biggest thing you'll notice about Barbara is her smile. Despite whatever odds she may have faced or still faces.

"How could you not be happy," Barbara exclaimed. "They're going to cure it, and when these guys get older, they're not going to get it." 

Barbara's cancer was deemed Stage 2, which means it was less than a centimeter in size. She says there's a 97% chance she'll make it through her battle with breast cancer.

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