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UW-Stevens Point students build wall of hope


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) --  They are messages of hope, remembrance, and inspiration.

"The purpose of today is to bring life behind the numbers of people who battle cancer," Kristen Hackbarth, Co-President of Colleges Against Cancer said.

The numbers are staggering. Hackbarth's mom is just one of the 30,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year in Wisconsin.  According to reports, more than a third of those people die each year.

"That number is very real to me because it affected my entire family," Hackbarth said.

The American Cancer Society and a group called Colleges Against Cancer are gathering nationwide. They are calling on Congress to make cancer research a priority.

"It is important that cancer research, advanced research still be funded," Amy Zondlo, Community Relations for the American Cancer Society said.

While Congress works in Washington to cut a trillion dollars from the budget, people like Hackbarth and Zondlo want to make sure that our representatives remember those who are fighting cancer, and keep the funding necessary to save lives.

"The board combined spells hope. We want to make sure people know that when there is federal funding, there's hope the medications and support will be there," Zondlo explains.

One by one, students fill out messages to those they've lost and to those who are still fighting. They hope, their message of hope gets through.

"I can't do anything to help my mom who has already been diagnosed with cancer. But, I can do something to help the others affected. It keeps me going," Hackbarth said.

And she knows her family would be proud.

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