Cancer conquered

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.

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