OTTOVILLE — “If there’s one person that I can help or give encouragement to, that’d make me happy.”

This was Courtney Ehrnsberger of Kalida’s reason for agreeing to be the guest speaker at Ottoville’s 2019 Cancer Walk. Ehrnsberger came to share her own personal story with cancer.

“I felt the lump in the hospital Dec. 11, day one of breast-feeding my twins,” Ehrnsberger said.“My actual diagnosis date was New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018,” she added.

Despite the long treatments and scary words, Ehrnsberger placed heavy emphasis on her allies in this fight.

“Support is 100 percent everything,” she stressed. “My husband, my mom, my sisters; I actually have a sister who moved up from Georgia with her three sons to live with us and help us out. Family, friends and my community have been amazing.”

Ehrnsberger shared some of her strategy with overcoming her opponent. One key aspect was maintaining the determination and defiance in the face of cancer.

At the end of the day, FCCLA advisor Pam Hickey announced the unofficial total of donations to be over $13,000, effectively reaching the goal of $100,000 overall being donated to the American Cancer Society over 14 years.

The official Cancer Walk donation amount will be announced once all the money has been deposited. The funds will be divided among the Putnam County and Delphos Relay for Life efforts.