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“Go Fly a Kite Cancer” event to honor Wausau woman

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By Shereen Siewert

Friends and family members of a Wausau woman who lost her battle this summer to grade four brain cancer will hold an event Wednesday to honor her life and legacy.

Deb Robinson Stolzman, pictured shortly before her June 2018 diagnosis of stage 4 glioblastoma. (Contributed photo)

Go Fly a Kite Cancer kicks off at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Willow Springs, 5480 Hillcrest Dr., Wausau. The event honors Deb Stolzman who died in July, 14 months after being diagnosed in May with glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.

“Wednesday’s event will give Deb’s family and friends a chance to share a vision with the community that gave us so much during her fight with GBM brain cancer,” said Brian Stolzman, Deb’s husband.

Ultimately, Brian Stolzman envisions the event to grow into an annual kite festival to honor everyone affected by cancer. Attendees are welcome to bring a photo of a loved one who is struggling with or has lost their battle with cancer to be put on a wall at the event.

Deb Stolzman was featured in a March 22 Wausau Pilot and Review story in advance of a benefit that helped pay for a revolutionary treatment that family members hoped would prolong her life. She lost her battle with cancer on July 22.

Wednesday’s event features a traditional Door County fish boil or chicken dinner, with $12 tickets available through Monday, Sept. 23 at Crossroads County Market, 220 S. 18th Ave., or at Midwest Communications, 904 Grand Ave., Wausau. Children eat for free.

Those unable to purchase dinner tickets in advance are welcome to stop and enjoy kite flying from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., along with live music and a bonfire. A cash bar will be available.

Attendees are encouraged to bring kites to the all-ages event, though some kites will be available on-site. The event is being organized as part of “2 Hearts for Deb,” an effort to offer financial and emotional support with dignity people suffering from cancer and their families.

For more information, visit the 2 Hearts for Deb Facebook page.

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