10/25/2013 2:38:00 PM CF boy's friends rally for mom's fight with breast cancer
by Ken Haggerty
Laura Mech, a 36-year old Cannon Falls resident and mother of three, is fighting breast cancer, but not by herself.
Mech, who has worked as a pediatric Registered Nurse, discovered a lump in a breast on August 1 during a self-examination. She urges all young women to learn how to and then conduct regular self-exams, as mammograms aren't widely recommended until the age of 40.
Doctors confirmed Mech had breast cancer on August 6. She had a double mastectomy on August 23. She began follow-up chemotherapy on September 23.
Mech says the diagnosis is positive and that she is considered cancer-free. She has stepped away from her job due to the surgery and chemo.
Throughout the ordeal, Laura, and her husband, Eric, said they have been truly blessed by some great community support.
The Mech's sixth grade son, Grant, was on a baseball team and football team during Laura's treatment and both teams donned pink laces on their muddy sports cleats as a sign of support for Laura.
Eric said team coaches replaced traditional pre- and post-game team huddle "Fight, Fight, Fight" cheers with "Laura, Laura, Laura!"
Two of Laura's friends, Stacia Ulrich and Judy Conway, had pink t-shirts with the logo "Laura's Fight Club" on them made up at Cannon Valley Video and a number of Grant's classmates, teachers and others have been wearing them on Mondays (the day Laura has twice monthly chemo treatments).
Laura said she has received tons of home baked meals and offers to help with house cleaning, some from people she hardly even knows.
Eric said his work family at Hastings Chrysler has also been great in reaching out with support.
"It's hard to be angry or bitter when you receive so much support," said Laura. "So many wonderful things have come out of this,' said Mech, who said she may consider a career change aimed at helping others who don't have as much support as she has.
Laura has had a busy year. She had volunteered her time earlier this year along with her sister and traveled down to Moore, Oklahoma to offer help in clean-up to the tornado ravaged area. She was amazed at that time as well by the generosity of Cannon Falls area people and the donations they made to help in the relief effort.
"I really have come to believe that what you put out in life, you get back ten-fold," said Laura.