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Stevens Point students stay up all night to fight cancer

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Hundreds of UW-Stevens Point students are staying up all night.
But they're not cramming for a test. They're staying up to fight cancer.

"The college students are just a blast to work with," said Amy Zondlo. "Their energy and enthusiasm and the talent that they are using in such a positive way is amazing."
 
Amy Zondlo works for the American Cancer Society.She says this year's relay for life features activities until 7 in the morning, giving students a glimpse of what someone with cancer goes through.

"That represents sort of the battle of the person going through cancer along with their care-giver," said Zondlo. "Where you do get tired but you keep going."

Students raised money prior to tonight's event for the American Cancer Society.  
Many students say cancer is a battle that hits close to home.

UW-Stevens Point sophomore, Ellen Wargowski was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three years old.
She underwent chemotherapy treatment and got better, but when she relapsed three years later, doctors told her parents she needed a bone marrow transplant.

"I was lucky enough that my older sister was a match and the transplant was successful," said Wargowski. "So I'm very thankful to be here today."

Now, years later, Wargowski is cancer free.
She says events like Relay For Life are important, so others can have hope for a success story like hers.

 "I feel like everybody has been touched by cancer in some way," said Wargowski. "Either through a family member, or personally surviving a battle themselves."

Organizers hope to raise more than $25,000.

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