Lina Edwardson (center) said the support she’s had from her husband, Chris, and son, Tyler, among others, has been key in helping her on her journey with cancer. She’s the honorary survivor for the Racine Relay For Life event, which will join other Wisconsin Relays virtually on Aug. 1. (Courtesy Shanna Lynn Photography)

Police officer to serve as honorary cancer survivor

By Heather Ruenz

Lina Edwardson said she never thought she’d hear the words: You have cancer. But she did hear those words, less than a year after a clear scan as part of an annual exam.

“To hear those actual words, you go numb and feel lost. I had a completely clear scan in October of 2018 and last June I found a lump,” said Edwardson, 42, who is a police officer in Racine.

The official diagnosis was Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which doesn’t respond to targeted treatment and is more aggressive.

Edwardson said she quickly realized the more she talked about what she at times refers to as the “C word,” the less power it had over her…

To read the rest of the story – and learn what this year’s Relay will look like – pick up this week’s Southern Lakes Newspapers’ publications – or click on the image below.


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