People Who Care: Longtime volunteers of Eagles Cancer Telethon on KTTC

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 3:28 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s been said that cancer is as individual as the person who has it. That’s why, even after decades of research, it’s hard to beat.

But there are many people around the world who are dedicated to the immense fight. And some on the battleground don’t work in hospitals or research labs; instead, they work behind the scenes of a television show that’s been making a difference for decades.

Rick and Char Lutzi have volunteered for the telethon for more than three decades. It’s been a family tradition. They never thought as adults they’d someday be some of the telethon’s biggest pillars.

Even after more than thirty years, the telethon speaks to their hearts. “Everyone has a story to tell, and there are some tear jerkers,” Rick says.

“The whole telethon atmosphere, it’s a family community,” Char says.

Both work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the 20-hour telethon goes off without a hitch.

There is no cure for cancer, but a lot of advances in medicine and technology continue to help save millions of lives. “I can’t wait for the day when it can be said, we found a cure!” Char says.

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