Two months ago, Shari Ruesga, of Darlington, at the age of 38 was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer and began her fight against the disease, but she won’t be fighting alone. She’ll have the support and love of her family and friends behind her.
After Shari was diagnosed, the Ruesga family had decided to participate in the 2013 Globe-athon walk in Madison on Sept. 29, in order to raise awareness against gynecological cancers.
Shari’s daughter, AnnaLisa wanted to show her mother all the support she has from people within her family and the community, so AnnaLisa secretly contacted people to try and get them to attend the event along with the family.
“My mom is a very special lady and I feel as though this story should be heard,” said AnnaLisa.
AnnaLisa also began an order for t-shirts for people to wear to the walk and ended up selling around 160 total with orders still going through. For every t-shirt that was sold, $2 were donated to the Globe-athon foundation.
When Shari arrived at the walk over 60 people were there wearing the teal t-shirts and she was beyond surprised. Because of the number of people the Rusga’s team brought, as well as the donation, they were recognized through the foundation on their website at www.globeathon.com.
From all the t-shirt sales and donations thus far, $500 has been raised that will be donated in honor of Shari Ruesga.
Shari is married to Tony Ruesga, a Darlington Police officer and the couple has three children: AnnaLisa, Olivia and Tony.