ST&BF at the Christopher Farm & Gardens: AMY ROCKS!

Amy (Uraynar) Clarke was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in 2012 at the age of 33.  Her initial treatment included chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.  The following spring Amy signed up with about a dozen others for our first ST&BF “Hiking Along the Cancer Journey” overnight backpack trip on the nearby Ice Age Trail.  There was a threat of thunderstorms and bad weather on the first day of hiking and everyone else, except for Amy and her boyfriend at the time (now husband) Alan, had cancelled.  As it turned out, the three of us enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous evening around the fire as the threatening weather turned out to be a few raindrops on my tent at about 2AM!

As we sat around the fire that night, I interviewed Amy and Alan for a “Survivor Spotlight” article for the TLC Supportive Newsletter, during which she stated, “I think anybody that wants to have a more positive outlook should find a way to brighten something up in their life and it will help.”

About eight years later, Amy joined us for our June visit to the CF&G.  She was among several survivors who spoke that night and mentioned, “2020 was bad for all of us.  It was made worse for me when I found out the rectal cancer had come back and metastasized to my lung.”

As Amy was recovering from one of her recent treatments/procedures she decided to paint some rocks.  So, it seems Amy is continuing to find ways to brighten up her life, including rocks, as she continues on her cancer journey!

Some of those rocks she painted (which can be identified with “” painted on the back) have been scattered in the Ye Olde Tennis Court Garden for you to find!

If you find one... it’s yours to keep!  You are asked to take a photo of the rock (or a selfie of you with the rock if you’d like) and submit it at along with a message of support and encouragement for Amy and/or anyone who may be in the midst of the cancer experience!

Anyone who posts a photo with a message will be entered into a drawing for several $25 gift cards!  But don’t worry, even if you didn’t find one of Amy’s painted rocks... you can paint your own rock... or just take a picture of a rock at the Gardens and submit that with a message of support and encouragement and you will be eligible as well!

ST&BF at CF&G: Amy Rocks!

Amy, thanks for giving us HOPE!

Submitted by Sue Zalewski

FIGHT CANCER! This little beauty was found on Sunday, Sept.12. Thanks to  Amy❤ You are a strong and talented woman. God Bless You!

Submitted by Cindy Becker

What a beautiful rock, to keep in a special place. Reminds us we all want to fight cancer and win! Matches my shirt! Thank you for the beautiful rocks. - Suzanne Rosenwald

Evelyn was very happy to find a pink rock,her favorite color and she always brings a smile to her grandma Susie who had breast cancer.

Meaning of HOPE
H - Helps you to understand and believe
O - On days when all you want is to quit
P - Push you again to rise and achieve
E - Ever more we are in need of it

Submitted by Bev Leonhard

Amy Rocks.....for Creating Smiles!

It was great fun to watch all --- young & old, survivors & co-survivors --- find a rock today or paint one. Amy, truly rocks because this particular activity created so many smiles. What a wonderful gift for all!

Submitted by Mary Schueller

Barb Bogenschutz

2006 Breast Cancer Survivor

My daughter, Jennifer, a recent adrenal gland cancer survivor, submitted to the rain during our visit on Sept 12. - Barb Bogenschutz

Jeanna Gumtow small bowel cancer survivor and husband Josh!

Brenna Goodman daughter of Jeanna Gumtow

Gabriel, grandson of Barb and Lenny

Zander Gumtow

Israel, grandson off Lenny and Barb

Emma Gumtow

Lenny Bogenschutz 2005 colon cancer survivor

ST&BF at CF&G: Amy Rocks!

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