School nurse walks to support student
2012 Libertyville Relay for Life
Team name: Steve’s Saviors
Team goal: $1,500 goal, raised $4,241
Date: April 14, 2012
Location: Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. U.S. 45
Gurnee resident and Libertyville High School nurse Cameron Traut participated in Relay for Life this year to help one of her students who had lost her father to colon cancer. The team planned to raise $1,500, but exceeded its goal and raised $4,241, being named one of the top fundraising teams at the 2012 Libertyville Relay, which took place April 14 at the Libertyville Sports Complex.
“We were relaying for one of my student’s fathers … who passed away this year from colon cancer after a long battle,” Traut said. “We were all supporting her; it was pretty neat.”
Traut is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2005 and said that is what inspired her to start participating in Relay for Life.
“For me as a survivor, the way I look at it, I had a pretty easy experience as a survivor compared to others,” Traut said. “I had surgery and treatments, and other people have gone through much more suffering than I had to go through.”
Traut said she finds special ways to honor people who have lost their battles with cancer or are currently in the fight while at Relay. Traut also lost her aunt to breast cancer this February, so this year’s Relay held special personal meaning for her.
“I feel very blessed to have the experience that I did and honor and remember those that had a tougher battle than I ever did,” Traut said. “I tell people if they know anyone who has or has had cancer, I will wear the name of one of their loved ones on a T-shirt. I get a T-shirt with all of their names, and I walk for them.”