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Donna Rufenacht Fuller memorial gift pushes Cancer Walk past $10,000 mark PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:59

Brenda Anderson of Wauneta, who assisted with the Chase County Hospital Cancer Walk, accepts a $1,000 donation from Rod Fuller made in memory of his wife, Donna Rufenacht Fuller, who died of cancer in June.


By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


“Boy, she was something else,” says Rod Fuller, in describing his wife, Donna Rufenacht Fuller, who died of cancer this past June.

He misses her terribly, but thinking of her free of pain, safe in the arms of Jesus eases his grief.

It is in her memory that Fuller this week made a $1,000 donation to the Chase County Community Hospital’s Cancer Walk. With this contribution the 2011 Cancer Walk fundraiser moved past the $10,000 mark, doubling what has been raised in previous years.

Rod and Donna Fuller have long been known as generous contributors to local benefits and fundraisers as well as adopting a family in need each year whom they provide with a memorable Christmas.

This is the first time, however, that Fuller has given to the Cancer Walk. “We didn’t realize that all the money raised by the Cancer Walk stayed here locally and all the good it has done,” said Fuller. “I think it would be good for other people to know that, too.”

He has learned a lot about the kindness of the people of this area and the services available locally since his 65-year-old wife became ill last winter.

“Donna was never one to doctor a lot,” said Fuller. “But when she learned she had advanced-stage cancer in February she told everyone she spoke with to take advantage of early screenings.”

Even when she was at her sickest, Donna maintained an upbeat outlook, adopting the motto of Fuller’s son who died in his late 20s.

“His motto was, ‘Keep your head lifted up, a smile on your face, and don’t ever give up.’ And Donna took that as her motto, too,” said Fuller.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:05