Charting a Course Against Cancer – by Ken Janson
Ken and Laurie Janson participated in the first Mary’s Walk in 1999, and soon became volunteers in the grassroots fundraising effort. The event, started by Gene Libby as a tribute to his wife Mary after she succumbed to Burkitt’s Lymphoma, quickly became a significant annual community effort to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
When Ken was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2016, he and his family watched as his life spun in a new direction. After years of volunteering and supporting those who were battling cancer, his own personal challenge loomed on the horizon. War was declared, and with the help of many people, some known and some strangers, the battle was waged.
This work of nonfiction chronicles Ken’s cancer journey, the fundraising performed by Mary’s Walk, with its many volunteers and supporters, and it also pays homage to the many doctors, nurses, and technicians who confront cancer daily.
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About the Author –
A small business owner, Ken Janson has been designing, selling, and renting trade show exhibits for clients since 1990 at his business, Exhibit Source of Maine, ( doing business as Nimlok Maine), in Scarborough, Maine. Ken’s leisure activities include skiing in the winter, sailing in the summer, and playing drums and percussion in his band. Ken also enjoys carpentry and always has a project or two in the works.
A Maine native, Ken still resides in Saco, Maine, with his wife, Laurie, where they enjoy spending time with their four grown children, two grandchildren, and extended family.