Linda DeGarmo won the 2020 American Cancer Society St. George National Award. The award is given to community volunteers, and DeGarmo has certainly earned it. She told Mike Hayes on La Crosse Talk, “I’ve been a volunteer for over 30 years. We’ve raised raised over a million, I think we’re at a million and a quarter now just for our Chaseburg Sole Burner.”
DeGarmo said she has lots of connections to cancer that have inspired her involvement including friends, her brother-in-law, her mother died in 1973 from ovarian cancer, and in 1978 they lost their 9 year old daughter to Leukemia.
Before her involvement with the Sole Burner event, DeGarmo worked with the Relay for Life in Viroqua, and was on the Wisconsin state leadership board.
“I’m a member of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which is the political side. That’s my favorite. That’s going and talking to legislators and lawmakers about pieces of legislation that are coming before Congress for not only just cancer but for debilitating diseases of all sorts.”
DeGarmo said one of her highlights of helping was getting the Star Act passed.
“It was a piece of legislation that was directly related to childhood cancer. So it ensures that kids get a seat at the table.”
This Saturday is the Chaseburg Sole Burner event. It’s much more than the walk, though, it’s a day full of events. There’s an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8:30-10:30 that morning at the Chaseburg Village Hall, a drive thru Chicken Q from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Silent auctions, vendor booths, and live music from Driftless River Band start at 1 at Chaseburg Village Park, Virgil Ostreng Performs from 3-4, then the opening ceremony at 4 p.m.
The online auction is live now through 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bid on items HERE.
To register for the event, purchase luminaries, or make donations to support the Sole Burner event, CLICK HERE.