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ment and gave her love and understanding after .
“ As hard as it was near the end to keep going to the treatments , it was something I had to see through . There was never a time that I would not have gone , but there were a lot of times I really didn ’ t want to . Just having Stacey say , ‘ You can do this , only a few more ,’ made it easier ,” Ganz said .
Ganz , who was born and raised in Coshocton , came back here after going to college in Pennsylvania and spent 14 years living in Columbus to raise her family . She and Stacey have three children age 28 , 26 and 19 . She is a third-generation co-owner of Dean ’ s Jewelry . Dean was her grandfather , and she coowns the jewelry store with her brother .
“ I ’ m very lucky to have a family that really enjoys being around each other . I have three siblings , and we all have kids . The youngest is 5 . There are 22 of us that get together at least once a week . It makes me really happy we all still live in Coshocton ,” Ganz said .
In addition to serving on city council , Ganz also has served on the Pomerene Center for the Arts board and Our Town Coshocton . She also has been a surrogate parent for Coshocton City Schools .
She said , “ My mantra is to live each day grounded in truth , bravery and compassion for myself and others .”
And Ganz will do just that as she participates this month in the American Cancer Society ’ s Ohio 35 Mile Breast Cancer Challenge . “ I saw their challenge on Facebook and immediately decided to participate . My commitment is to walk 35 miles in October . It ’ s just a little over a mile a day , so I can do it ,” she said .
She has recruited some friends to do the challenge with her , and together they are hoping to walk 70 miles . They have named their team , Simply the Breast . Their goal is to raise $ 5,000 that will go to the American Cancer Society , which supports patients with free lodging near hospitals , free rides to treatment , services to help people cope and more .
Anyone interested in supporting Ganz and her Simply the Breast team can do so through the fundraiser she created by going to her Facebook page at www . facebook . com / michelle . turner or by searching for Michelle Turner Ganz on Facebook .
West Lafayette Chamber hands out several awards
By Josie Sellers
The West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce handed out several special awards on Oct . 14 at Schumaker Farms .
The Business of the Year was presented to Schumaker Farms .
“ We chose Schumaker Farms because of how they help the chamber and the things they do for the village and the community ,” Patty Griffith from the chamber of commerce said . “ They are always there for us . Whenever we need anything or ask for anything , they step up to the plate .”
Jim and Wendy Schumaker and Chad and Leah Schumaker also received Citizen of the Year awards , along with
Jim and Wendy Schumaker and Chad and Leah Schumaker received Citizen of the Year awards , along with Luke McGarvey .
Luke McGarvey .
The Schumakers and McGarvey were huge helps with the West Lafayette homecoming chicken barbecue .
“ Luke has a barbecue trailer ,” Griffith said . “ He cooked the chicken halves , and Schumaker ’ s did all the sides that went with the dinner
for homecoming . It was a huge donation . They really saved us a lot of money , especially with not having the homecoming last year . The homecoming boomed this year and was a huge success . It ’ s amazing how many people turned out and how well we did .”
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