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A grateful family
To the editor: The 9th Annual Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure competition was held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Genoa High School.

Most reading this may already know this is an annual event started by Stella’s daughter to honor her mother’s memory and raise funds for cancer research. This year’s event raised $48,000. Stella had been the cheerleading coach at Genoa High School. She passed away 10 years ago. Although she was a non-smoker, she passed away from lung cancer. She was a remarkable woman. Stella was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher and coach. Her family was her number-one priority. She always had a smile, a kind word and a loving heart.

Besides her family, there was almost nothing else Stella loved more than “her girls” – that is what she called the cheerleaders she coached. She knew many of them since they were little girls who grew up with played with her daughters Maria and Valerie. She loved Genoa and she loved coaching. “Her girls” loved her too. To this day, many continue to be involved and support Cheer For A Cure in different ways.

The event’s success is due in large part to the unwavering support shown by the volunteers, or as they are lovingly called, VolunCheers. You all know who you are. Many have been there from the very beginning and continue to return year after year. That is dedication to the woman...the coach...the cause.

I am very proud to say Stella is my sister. On behalf of my family – to our nieces, their families, friends, the Genoa community, Genoa Schools, the surrounding and participating communities, the sponsors, donors, fans and especially the VolunCheers, we say, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Margaret Pena




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