‘Curl for a Cure’ raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

‘Curl for a Cure’ raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

More than 100 people tried their hand at curling Saturday afternoon and swept up money for a good cause along the way.

Marisa Menzel is a candidate for Woman of the Year , which is a competition to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She’s competing against eight other people to raise the most money in a 10-week period. As a fundraiser, she held “Curl for a Cure” Saturday.

“My main goal for today was for people to have a great time and have a way to give back to the community, feel really good about it and also try something new for the first time,” Menzel said.

Participants learned the basics of curling from experienced instructors.

“I saw curling on the Olympics, and it always looked like a super fun sport,” Trina McPeake said. “So when I found out that it was happening here, and there was a good cause for it, I thought, ‘Well, why not give it a try?'”‘Curl for a Cure’ raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Many participants had never curled before and said it was harder than they expected.

“It looked really easy, and I thought it was easy, but it’s really hard,” Betka Ritter said. “You literally have to use all your muscles, flexibility, balance; it’s crazy, but I love it.”

Menzel said raising money to research cures for cancer is important because the disease affects many people.

“You can’t screen for blood cancer, and you can’t prevent it,” she said.

The research that has been done is changing lives.

“Back in the ’60s, for a child that was diagnosed with leukemia, they had about a 3 percent survival rate, and now that number is up to almost 90 percent,” Menzel said.

For some of the participants, the cause had a special meaning.

“My grandma died from leukemia, and I know several people with cancer, so just to support any kind of research for cancer research is a good cause,” McPeake said.

Many of the participants said they wanted to keep curling.

“I think learning how to actually throw the rock and all of the physical components that go into that and just becoming more interested in the game itself and all the strategy. I’ll definitely be trying it again,” Melanie Wulfekuhle said.

Menzel has plans to host “Cook for a Cure” in April and “Cut for a Cure” May 7. The fundraising competition ends May 20. Donations can be made and more information can be found on her fundraising page .