The Rugby/Bottineau Hockey Team held a Pink Out game in support of Cancer Awareness last Friday, February 3 at the Al Wentz Arena.
Colorectal cancer survivor Angie Busch of Rugby was the honorary guest and did the puck drop at the game.
More than 133,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. In North Dakota alone, 400 people are expected to be diagnosed and 140 will die from the disease. For Busch, that statistic became personal when she heard the words "you have cancer."
Angie Busch, Stage 3 colorectal cancer survivor, drops the puck for the Rugby/Bottineau hockey team’s pink out game. (Carissa Mavec/PCT)
Busch was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in December of 2005.
"My father died from colon cancer at the age of 67," recalls Busch. "I started preventive screenings soon after my father died. I had my first colonoscopy when I turned 50."
One third of Busch's colon was removed, along with nearby lymph nodes. "I had applied to take part in a clinical study and after being accepted, started treatment. I had 12 cycles of chemotherapy every two weeks for six months, along with a new drug being tested for its effectiveness in treating cancer. This new drug, Bevacizumab, was every 2 weeks for one full year. I had my last treatment in January of 2007."
Information received from Laurie Odden, Senior Community Manager, Relay for Life for American Cancer Society, Inc.