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Wolfie's courage honored by top Relay team

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Dickman lost battle with ovarian cancer in January

By The Staff

A Relay for Life team's determination to honor the memory of a family member and friend who succumbed to cancer in January has raised more than $18,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The Wolf Pack team, named in honor of Debbie (Wolf) Dickman, was the top fundraising team during this year's event. Wolf Pack team members raised $18,393.22 and walked more than 200 miles Saturday and Sunday.

Dickman, who carried the nickname Wolfie much of her life and had been a participant during other Relay for Life events, died of ovarian cancer Jan. 8. Loved ones decided forming a team in her honor would recognize her courageous fight against the dreaded disease.

"We formed a team in her memory and anyone else who is fighting cancer. That is why we are called the Wolf Pack," team captain Holly Xanders said. "Wolfie was an amazing woman with a heart of gold. She gave the best Wolfie Hugs. She was always there for advice and she treated everyone as if she knew you her whole life."

Dickman was a serious fan of Elvis, Xanders added, as well as a lover of practical jokes.

The team set an initial goal of raising $6,000 but crushed that through a series of fundraisers.