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Mother’s Day thoughts blend past with the present

May 8, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Today is Mother's Day, and even though my mother has been dead for more than five years, I've only to look in the mirror to see her.

That's downright spooky. A couple weeks ago, for instance, I was so tired when I woke up, my mind wasn't dealing an even hand to reality. I stumbled to the bathroom and did what needed to be done, then stood at the sink washing my hands and thanking God it was a Friday and Friday is one of my weekend days.

I don't like working Sunday on a Sunday, but on a Friday working Sunday is a great idea.

Anyway, I'm standing at the sink washing my hands and happen to open my eyes. There stood Mom watching the show. That will jump start your heart.

Liddy Hora, who works in community relations for the American Cancer Society, remembers her mother, too, and writes about her.

"Those of you who know me, and my personal story of my mother's courageous battle with cancer, know that working for the American Cancer Society is not just a job for me - it's my passion. Mom will not be walking with us this year - she is walking beside her lord. But as a family, we will continue to walk and support each other during Relay for Life on June 24 because we know that is what our mother would want us to do.

"Even through my mom's chemo, she got up each morning and would walk. She never gave up, and neither will we.

"Please take a moment and view my personal website in honor and memory of my mother, Marilyn Rogers. Our family would love to have you join our team on June 24, but if you cannot come and walk with us, please consider giving a donation to our Relay for Life team. There are a lot of ways you can show your support and help others.

"Our goal is $3,000. We are halfway there, and I know our team can do it."

The Team Marilyn Rogers website is

"I will walk for my mother forever," Hora said, "but I also support the American Cancer Society because I know that we make a difference in people's lives, give hope to others who are touched by cancer and are saving 350 more lives every day."

It's easy to think this doesn't affect you, but we're all just one step away from something bad. The lucky ones will never take that step. Those who have or will need our support, our encouragement and the knowledge we're trying to help.

The Webster County Relay for Life will be at 6 p.m. June 24 at Dodger Stadium.

Whether you support Team Marilyn Rogers, start a team of your own or just send money to the American Cancer Society to support Relay for Life, do something. Get involved.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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