A tragic ending.
In February 2014, Valerie was diagnosed with Stage 3 Malignant Melanoma. With the support of the family, she geared up for the journey of surgery, radiation, multiple chemotherapy treatments and immunotherapy infusions. Valerie suffered from weakened bones and had to have hip and wrist surgeries to repair broken bones. By May 2016, she was informed that her cancer had been reclassified as Stage 4 as it had spread to her liver and lungs.
Valerie valiantly attended Dawg Bowl VII and received a check for $19,700 to help with medical expenses. One of her last requests was to have Martin come visit her. She passed away the week after the Dawg Bowl. She will always be remembered for her love of life and her determination to beat this sickness in her body.
Our prayers go out to Andy and the rest of the family.