Racine woman taking up the fight; Courtney McGill will be an honory captain at Cabin Fever event

Published 7:33 am Tuesday, March 13, 2018

21-year-old Courtney McGill, of Racine, Minnesota, will be one of four honorary captains for the Cabin Fever event this Saturday in Rochester. Photo provided

ROCHESTER — A 21-year-old Racine woman will be one of four honorary captains for the 2018 Fighter Round at the Cabin Fever event Saturday in Rochester.

Courtney McGill will join the other fighters, who will be paired with local heroes, during the ninth annual event at the Rochester International Event Center.

The fighters and their families will lead the 128-team bean bag tournament. KTTC News Anchor Jess Abrahamson will emcee the Fighter Round and help share stories about their courageous battles against cancer.

Vikings All-Pro punt returner and defensive back, Marcus Sherels

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McGill was diagnosed with Stage 4 Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cholangiocarcinoma; bile duct cancer in her liver. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments since her doctors say her cancer is too large to attempt any other treatments or procedures. Courtney is paired in this year’s Fighter Round with Vikings All-Pro punt returner and defensive back, Marcus Sherels.

Other fighters are:

•Meela Hoover, 4, of Chatfield, who was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell A.L.L. – a type of leukemia which affects bone marrow. Her partner in the Fighter Round is her favorite nurse, Ben Groteboer.

•Maddie Engel, 7, of Elysian, who is today cancer-free after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt’s Lymphoma in November 2017. She had her last dose of chemotherapy on Feb. 19. Her pediatric oncologist, Dr. Vilmarie Rodriguez, is her partner.

•In loving memory of Anna Malmquist, her children Kensington, 6 Ayl, 3, and Jace,  and husband Ryan are joining the Fighter Round. Anna lost her battle against cancer in 2017. Anna’s children will be accompanied by “Moana” in Anna’s memory during the Fighter Round.

Cabin Fever is a charitable event supporting cancer research that is free and open to the public, beginning at 11 a.m. The family-friendly event features a 128-team bean bag tournament, silent and live auction, games and live entertainment. Proceeds support cancer research through the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

Since 2010, Cabin Fever has donated over $378,000 for cancer research to Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota and The Hormel Institute.