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ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER's Fundraiser:

Cyndi Mortenson is going to Peru!

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THE STORY:

I am thrilled to be a part of this trek to Machu Picchu and to be an advocate for all cancer survivors and their caregivers. I’m also humbled as I walk in remembrance of those that have lost their battle with cancer. The opportunity to work with Above + Beyond Cancer is an experience of a lifetime as well as the friendships that will be created by working together was a team. What a way to celebrate being cancer free for 10 years!

My personal journey began in 2004 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at
age 45. After noticing a lump in my breast, I visited my family doctor and was
referred to another doctor for further evaluation. Both doctors thought the lump
was hormone related and a re-check appointment was scheduled. However, the
lump didn’t disappear and I returned to doctor after 3 months. I received a biopsy that determined the cancer diagnosis. I had two kinds of breast cancer and decided to have the conservative treatment of bi-lateral mastectomy and chemo. I have always been diligent about mammograms and feel very strongly that self-exams are another tool in our arsenal to help with early diagnosis. I had another cancer scare this past spring. Blood work uncovered thyroid issues and I had a partial thyroidectomy. Labs came back “non cancer” but I was on pins and needles waiting for the two weeklong analyses!

I have also been on the caregiving end of cancer. I lost my father to lung cancer in 2000. What an emotional roller coaster! At the beginning I found myself caught
up in sadness but towards the end, there was a sense of peace as my family learned to lean on each other and build some great memories.

In 2011, my wonderful daughter in law was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma at age 21. I helped support her through her journey and I’m happy to
report that she is cancer free today. She continues to be my inspiration with her
love of life and uplifting spirit.

My husband Dave and I have been married 20 years. Between us, we have 4
children, all married, and one beautiful granddaughter. Nothing is more important than family and caregivers. I honor them and the support they continue to give to me.

I have worked at Principal Financial Group for 25 years and am proud to be a part of the “Principal family. “ I enjoy going to work each day and contributing to their success.

Thanks again for this life changing opportunity!

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To This Fundraiser

$5,556

MONEY RAISED
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  • Principal Financial Group

    $2,000

  • Pat & Deb Griffin

    $20

  • Steven & Jimmy

     

  • Sue & Jerry Forest

     

  • Principal Friends from FIN GFR/DR

    $156

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Aunt Dea & Uncle John

    $30

  • Tim, Sharry & Rachel

    $100

  • Dr. Mark Reece

    $100

  • Principal Friends- MKS Ops/IT/CSS

    $2,585

  • Brenna, John, and Eleanor

     

  • Bobbi Molloy

    $50

  • Shane and Lori Griffin

    $100

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111% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $5,556 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Shane and Lori Griffin

Shane and Lori Griffin

DONATION: $100

So proud of you, Mom! We're so glad you get to experience this journey of a lifetime and so excited to celebrate 10 years cancer free!!!! 4 years ago

Bobbi Molloy

Bobbi Molloy

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Brenna, John, and Eleanor

Brenna, John, and Eleanor

SO proud of you! 4 years ago

Principal Friends- MKS Ops/IT/CSS

Principal Friends- MKS Ops/IT/CSS

DONATION: $2,585

4 years ago

Dr. Mark Reece

Dr. Mark Reece

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Tim, Sharry & Rachel

Tim, Sharry & Rachel

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Aunt Dea & Uncle John

Aunt Dea & Uncle John

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Congratulations on reaching this milestone Cyndi. 4 years ago

Principal Friends from  FIN GFR/DR

Principal Friends from FIN GFR/DR

DONATION: $156

4 years ago

Sue & Jerry Forest

Sue & Jerry Forest

4 years ago