Dees’ personal mission to help children with cancer ‘have more birthdays’


 

Becky Dees walking in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend event in memory of her son, Greg Dees. (Submitted photo)

It gives her a purpose and helps her through the grieving process. It helps keep her son’s memory alive while helping children with the biggest fight of their lives.

Becky Dees is a local photographer and instructor at Winona Public Schools. In the past few years, she supported her son through a serious battle with leukemia. Last year, Greg Dees lost his battle. But #TEAMDEES is determined to keep his memory alive by helping children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “have more birthdays.”

“It gives me a purpose and helps me to keep Greg’s memory alive while helping other families that have cancer to have a better chance of survival,” Dees said. “Everyone needs to have more birthdays, and parents should never have to bury their children.” Continue reading

Locals participate in the Memphis Marathon Weekend


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Winona Marathon Team members include: (front row) Mike Kotecki, Amber Austin, Belinda Morrison, Rachel Watkins, Murry Catherine Alderman, Lexie Flowers, Betsy Tompkins, (back) Becky Dees, Erica Dees, Shoni Montgomery and Chris McRae.

For many Winona High School team members, the race was part of a personal mission to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

Several Winona residents traveled to Memphis on Dec. 3 to take part in the 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

The race course takes participants through downtown Memphis, including the campus of St. Jude.

“That is a very overwhelming and emotional time,” said Amber Austin, marathon participant from Winona. “Seeing the children and parents waving and cheering for us provided me with the endurance I needed to pick up my pace and motivated me to finish. I can’t wait until next year.”

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