When Karen Mathiowetz began participating in Relay for Life in 1998, it was because so many of her family and friends had been diagnosed with cancer and she wanted to do something to make a difference. She had no idea that one day cancer would hit closer to home.

Karen was diagnosed with lung cancer in February of 2006.

“I did my first Relay in Minnesota in 1998 because my friend, Denver Pyle, passed away from lung cancer on Christmas the year before,” Mathiowetz said. “I remember walking around the track for the first time weeping for the people I had lost. It was an event that changed my life.”

 Mathiowetz has been cancer free for two years, but realizes that could change at any time.

Because of this, she works hard to raise money every year. Two years ago she raised over $5,000 for Ellis County Relay for Life.

She hopes to top that this year with a new fundraiser. She received a “Cooking Up a Cure” cookbook from a family member in Minnesota and realized what a great fundraiser this could be.

“I know how important it is to raise the money for research. Too many people have lost their fight against this disease. I am asking everyone to donate in a different way this year by helping me with a ‘Cooking Up a Cure’ cookbook,” Mathiowetz said.

Mathiowetz is asking all Ellis County residents that have been touched by cancer to submit a recipe in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone that lost their fight. Each recipe

will cost $1 to be published in the cookbook which will help defray the cost of publication. Then the special cookbooks will be sold with all proceeds being donated to Ellis County Relay for Life. She is hoping the books will be ready for distribution in April of this year.

“I hope everyone that has been touched by cancer will submit their favorite recipes. The more the better. I want ‘Cooking Up a Cure’ to be the best cookbook for Ellis County. My friend, Kayrene Uehlinger, lost her battle with cancer last year and I plan to submit one of her favorite recipes in her memory. It will be worth the $1 to help everyone remember her,” she added.

For more information, contact Karen Mathiowetz at Mathiowetz@sbcglobal.net or 972-483-7434. Mail each recipe and $1 to Karen Mathiowetz, 504 Venice Drive, Italy, TX 76651.