Andrea Mochtyak enjoys working two jobs and living a typical life in most respects, which makes it difficult to fathom that she had been diagnosed nearly eight years ago with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“I didn’t want to view myself as a victim or a cancer patient,” the Lowellville woman explained. “I wanted to live as normal a life as possible.”
Mochtyak, a seven-year cancer survivor who works at Home Depot and as an assistant teacher at Wee Care Day Care & Learning Center, both in Boardman, is doing just that. She also was among those who took part in the Relay for Life of Poland, which got underway Friday at Poland Seminary High School football stadium, 3199 Dobbins Road.
The relay, in its seventh year, was to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their lives to the disease. It’s also part of a national effort to raise money for research, education and advocacy, as well as to increase awareness regarding cancer.
“Gianna’s Dream Team,” “Kids 4 the Cure,” “Team Navy Rocks,” “Debbie’s Angels” and “The Pink Fluffy Monsters” were among the estimated 15 teams that participated in the fundraiser. A goal was to bring in at least $65,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Read more of Mochtyak's story and other survivors in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.