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Half Times Fall 2017 yumpu

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working happy | leading by example FIGHTING CANCER WITH STEPS AND PIES Every year, Wendy Kenley makes the trek from the San Francisco Bay Area to her hometown of Sturgis, S.D. — but not for the world-renowned motorcycle rally. She participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to raise funds to fight cancer, a disease that hits close to home. She lost her dad to liver cancer when he was 57 years old. Then, her sister-in-law died of brain cancer at 26 and left behind a three-year-old son. “That was a pretty big blow to my family,” said Wendy, an accounting manager in our San Ramon, Calif., Corporate Services office. “After a while, you feel like you have to do something.” She started participating in a local relay with some colleagues in the early 2000s in honor of a member of their team who died of cancer. That was a few years after Wendy’s now 81-year-old mom, who’s lived in Sturgis her whole life, got involved with the walk and eventually joined the organizing committee. Wendy started joining her for the walk when her work schedule allowed, but some years she couldn’t make it. Her presence was missed so much that committee members offered to move the event date so that Wendy could attend. “So now I’m there for sure!” Wendy said. That’s the advantage of coming from a small town. It also means that she sees people she knew growing up at the event — both survivors and their families. “It means a lot more to me because I’m familiar with the people,” Wendy said. She also gets to see her sister and niece, and other family members who come from Idaho for the walk. in about 15 minutes — as part of her fundraising efforts. Leading up to the event, Wendy and a friend put their scrapbooking skills and supplies to use for the cause: decorating about 70 bags for the luminaria ceremony — which her mom also sells to raise funds — in honor of survivors and remembrance of those lost. This year, Wendy’s team raised $5,500, before adding the company’s match of a portion of that. “When I’m making those, or sending emails to raise money, I think a lot about my dad and his last few weeks of life. It was really hard, and I don’t want other people to have to go through that if they don’t have to,” Wendy said. “It also brings back good memories of fun things I’d do with my dad and my sisterin-law. Going through this process every year is part of connecting with them. “My dad died at a time in my life when I wasn’t ready for him to not be there,” she continued. “Since then, so many strides have been made in treatment. I’m very hopeful about the outlook but we’re still not there yet. So, we’ll keep walking and making pies.” Wendy Kenley with some of the luminarias she makes as fundraisers. They help Wendy’s mom sell about 50 homemade, individual-sized pies — which are so popular that they sell out Wendy selling pies with her family and friends at the Relay for Life. 26 HALF TIMES

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