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SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -- A Schofield woman is using her personal tragedy to accomplish some good, and to highlight those in the community suffering from cancer.

Several years ago, Amy Zondlo's family received quite a shock.

"My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, stage one," said Zondlo. "It was all contained into one tumor, no radiation, no chemo, everything was great. But then, unfortunately last year, it came back."

Her mother passed away July 2. It was a painful experience, but it also inspired Zondlo to do something. She established the Jeanie Marie Fund, named for her mother.

"In honor of my mom and all that have gone through any type of cancer-related battle," said Zondlo.

The fund gives to organizations that help children.  To raise money this year, Zondlo decided to put together a calendar highlighting the courage of those in the community suffering from cancer. It's called "The Courage Calendar."

"Ovarian cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, bone cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, just a wide variety of different types of cancers included," said Zondlo.

The calendar tells stories of cancer survivors, those still battling cancer, and those who have passed away.

"People just really started to come out of the woodwork saying that they knew somebody that would be interested in being part of the calendar," said Zondlo.

The calendar will be available on a donation basis. Zondlo says the money raised will go to the Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield.

For Zondlo, it's a way to help others as a tribute to her mother.

"Because of her illness, so many wonderful people have come together," said Zondlo.

Photographers and printers in the community have come forward to donate their time and efforts to make the calendar, which should be available by August 23. You can make a donation and pick up a calendar at The Studio 2 inside Washington Square in Wausau, Becker Communications in Schofield, and Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Weston.

Calendars will also be available at Coffee Beans and Cooper Designs in Rhinelander, as well as at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

For more information, contact Amy Zondlo at couragecalendarwisco@gmail.com.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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