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Cancer conquered

Published: Wed, July 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Canfield High School student wins fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

By Ashley Luthern



One Canfield High School student is looking forward to starting his junior year this fall — cancer-free.

Garrett Schenker, 16, was spending time with his friends in February when one of them asked what was on his neck.

“They had been together all day, but no one noticed anything until dinner,” said Judy Schenker, his mom.

What they saw was a half-softball-sized lump. A short time later, Garrett was taken by helicopter to Akron Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Twelve hours after his arrival, doctors performed surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. Garrett had another surgery during his 10-day stay to insert a port connected to his main artery, which won’t be removed until December.

“Towards the end, I didn’t want visitors,” Garrett said, because he was feeling so poorly from the in-patient chemotherapy.

Judy said their family, which includes her husband, Ken, and two other sons, Cody and Dustin, has received an outpouring of support from the community.

“It’s a humbling experience,” she said. “We’re used to doing it for others, but you can’t rob other people’s blessings.”

The Boardman-Poland Junior Women’s League will sponsor its seventh annual golf outing Saturday at Bedford Trails Golf Course in Lowellville with proceeds to benefit the Schenker family.

Teams of four will begin playing at 8:30 a.m. and compete for a $400 first- place prize. Individuals can register for $75, which includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch and steak dinner. If any golfer makes a hole in one, he or she will receive a two-year lease on a Chevrolet Malibu from Greenwood Chevrolet.

“We’re very community-based, and our mission is to help others,” said Lynn Mickey, coordinator for the golf outing. “We thought we could help the family relieve some of the medical expenses.”

For those who don’t want to golf, but do want to participate in the games, Chinese auction and have a meal, a $20 ticket is available, Mickey said.

“In our minds, Garrett’s cured,” said Judy, commenting on the timing of the benefit. “But I know we’ll need it for the remaining years of treatment, blood tests and scans.”

To make a donation or for more information, contact Lynn Mickey at 330-770-5871.


1kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

God bless you on your journey to good health.

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2peacelover(838 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Having experienced chemotherapy, I know exactly how he felt when he said he didn't want visitors. The great thing is, the vast majority of us do get better and can go back to living a normal life. What is more important than that to a teenager. God Bless you, sir. What a day brightener your story is!

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3sanpac2003(16 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I could not, as a mother, imagine what this family has gone through. I will keep you all in my prayers and YOU sir are also MY new hero.

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4oldstown(266 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm happy for Garrett and his family. It's nice to read something uplifting for once.

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5motherof3(15 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Garrett, we couldn't be happier to hear that you are doing better. We can't wait to have you back in school in the fall. What a lovely article. It's nice to read about uplifting community events.

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6YOinformed(1 comment)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

So happy for Garrett and the rest of his family. As for hope4thevalley's comment, just because someone lives in Canfield does not mean they make enough money to cover the expenses of something like this. The family is a gracious loving family in need of help and I am happy there are organizations out there that will help them.

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7FormerYtowner(96 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

God Bless you and your family on your way to getting back to health! You no doubt are an inspiration to many...including myself.

On a side note, does the Vindy have forum moderators that are able to remove trolling posts from idiots like hope4thevalley? Only this ingrate can spin a heart warming story like this into political garbage.

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