Each year, twelve outstanding individuals are chosen to participate in our Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar, representing the many breast cancer survivors living in Northwest Indiana. Each survivor has a story to tell.
“If you discover anything suspicious, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible…” and “If I can make it through chemotherapy, so can you…”
Melinda Rosaschi and Mary Crane share a special relationship. They are mother and daughter. Mary has been married for 67 years to her husband Russell, and they have three children, Terri, Melinda and Allison and four grandchildren, Kris, Melissa, Melanie and Keith.
Melinda and her husband John reside in Schererville, IN and have two daughters, Melissa and Melanie, and five grandchildren, Faith, Aaron, Brooklyn, Daniel and Drew – who are Mary’s great-grandchildren!
Both Melinda and Mary have been dedicated to helping others. Mary spent her working years preparing meals for the students at Highland High School, and Melinda is a pre-and post-surgical nurse at Community Hospital in Munster, IN.
All throughout their respective cancer journeys, they have remained active and positive. Mary provided on-going child care for family members whenever needed, never letting her situation bring her down emotionally or physically and Melinda worked almost full-time helping her surgical patients when they needed care.
Melinda feels her greatest accomplishment since her diagnosis has been to provide positive encouragement and education to those who are newly diagnosed and Mary takes pride in being the family matriarch and a positive role model to others.
Melinda Rosaschi is a 3 year breast cancer survivor. Mary Crane is a 15 year breast cancer survivor. Both are proudly nominated by Melinda’s daughter (and Mary’s granddaughter) Melissa Mikolajczyk.
“Always have a smile on your face! – Be a joy to the world!”
Joy Shurman and her husband Bill have been married for 27 years and reside in Lowell, IN. They are the proud parents of Amanda and Alec and grandparents to Gracelyn.
Throughout her cancer journey, Joy was dedicated to helping a friend who was experiencing some difficult health issues and she brought courage and strength to those around her. Her determination and enthusiasm were inspirational and her “joy” and support gave encouragement to many.
Joy is employed at Lowell Carpet & Coverings, and is affiliated with the Lowell, IN Rotary, International Rotary, Indiana Women in Need and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
In her own words, Joy would advise others to “do your self-examinations” and she considers her greatest accomplishment since her diagnosis to be becoming a grandmother. Joy looks forward to spending many more precious years with her growing family.
Joy Shurman is a 3 year breast cancer survivor proudly nominated by her friend, Tami Brunke.
On November 14, 2017 at their US 30 Valparaiso location, Strack and Van Til presented a check to the Pink Ribbon Society for their 3rd annual “Checkout Challenge,” which raised a record-breaking $47,759.37. The program ran from October 4 to October 22 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
During the challenge, shoppers were asked to support the program by visiting local Strack stores often and rounding up their purchase to the next dollar amount – or more. To date, they have contributed over $142,000 to help the men and women of Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Click here to view ValpoLife’s full story on this program.