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Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Too many cancers are called the "silent killer" because so many of them show very little symptoms before diagnosis. Often, by then, it's too late.

It was six years ago that Fitchburg resident Jan McNally, then 44, saw the doctor about long-term symptoms. Doctors chose to look into her situation, and what was expected to be an exploratory surgery turned out to be ovarian cancer.

"I had told my kids, it was going to be a very simple, one-day surgery. I'd be home for dinner and everything would be fine," said McNally, "Well when he got in there, he realized my ovary was actually encapsulated with the cancer."

Jan was fortunate, in that she had a curable form of the disease with a very small likelihood of it metastasizing or recurring. She was able to beat the disease with the help of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology program, and five years later wanted to take her fight one step further.

Area fire departments to take part in prevention parade

Area fire departments to take part in prevention parade

As part of local fire prevention awareness efforts during National Fire Prevention Week, area fire departments will parade their engines downtown Sunday afternoon.

The Annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the end of state Street near Library Mall, organizers said. The parade includes fire trucks from many departments in Dane County, organizers said.

The trucks will travel up State Street to the Capitol Square.

Once at the Square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. Firefighters will also be at the Square to answer questions.

Kids will have the chance to climb inside many of the trucks, and parents can take photos of the young ones fire trucks and firefighters.

National Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 12.

QB Rodgers to be at rally on Terrace

QB Rodgers to be at rally on Terrace

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be at the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday for a student rally raising awareness about issues facing Congo, according to a release.

The Enough Project and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's student chapter of the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is hosting the rally for students to raise awareness about the war in Congo and American's connection to it, organizers said.

In addition to Aaron Rodgers, actor Emmanuelle Chriqui and Congolese rapper Omekongo Dibinga will also be at the rally.

Rally participants will encourage fellow students and university officials to commit to measures that pressure electronics companies to responsibly invest in Congo's minerals sector, according to the release.

Organizers said there are currently more than 150 college campuses where the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative draws on the power of student leadership and activism to bring about peace in Congo.

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Rhythm & Booms organizers invite public to discuss move

Rhythm & Booms organizers invite public to discuss move

City leaders will host a meeting on the south side to discuss the decision to switch locations.

Madison Festivals, the company that organizes the annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, announced earlier this year that the event would move from Warner Park to downtown Madison on John Nolen Drive.

The City of Madison's Committee on the Environment and the Common Council will hold a meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility building, 119 E. Olin Ave. The public is invited to discuss the proposed move at the meeting.

Plans involve setting off fireworks from barges in Lake Monona and having spectators enjoy the show from along John Nolen Drive.

Willy Street Fair back in its 36th year

Willy Street Fair back in its 36th year

A local street fair spanning three blocks returns Saturday and Sunday for its 36th year.

The Willy Street Fair will offer a variety of music, street performances, food and beverages from across the globe, arts, crafts and more.

Saturday is the Willy Warm-up from 1:30 to 9 p.m. on the 900 block of Williamson Street with three stages of music -- world, folk and a DJ -- plus food and drinks.

The parade Sunday begins at 11 a.m. The Willy Street Fair will include nearly 150 vendors, five music stages

The fair continues through 7 p.m., ending with a community raffle with more than 150 prizes.

The Willy Street Fair raises money for the Common Wealth Development and Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

Run keeps memory of slain women alive

Run keeps memory of slain women alive

The mysterious slayings of two young women in Madison are getting renewed attention.

Madison police and University of Wisconsin-Madison police outlined plans Wednesday for the "Brittany Run" next weekend in Madison.

Brittany Zimmermann was found slain in her Doty Street apartment five years ago. The case remains unsolved along with the 2007 killing of Kelly Nolan. Nolan was found in a field after a night out with friends on State Street.

Their families said the race helps keep the memory of both young women alive.

"Without attention to these cases they would be lost, and we absolutely cannot have that, for either of the girls," said Jean Zimmerman, Brittany's mom.

Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the reward funds to find the killers, along with Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

The race through the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.