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Here's To You AL

Here's To You AL

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We walk in honor and in memory of Alan G. Schaal who passed away of Stage IV Colon Cancer on June 26, 2020. He was 67 years old.

About Alan: Alan was a hardworking and respected family man. He worked for the same company for over 30 years before retiring at 62. Al was a loving and caring husband; father; papa; son; brother; cousin; uncle; friend; colleague. The list goes on and on. He touched the lives of so many people and he is greatly missed. Al enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing cards, cars and watching car races, and spending time with his family.

About Al's Cancer: Al was so much more than his cancer diagnosis. It is only part of his story. But it is the story that brings us here today. Alan was diagnosed on 12/26/18 during a trip to the ER. During scans and tests to rule out appendicitis, it was discovered Al had colon cancer that had spread to his liver. His first colonoscopy was scheduled after diagnosis. Al began a very aggressive chemotherapy regimen in January 2019. He did everything and anything he could during his journey with cancer... his mind, body, and spirit put through the ringer. Surgery. Radiation. Y90 treatment and procedure.

Even in really dire times, AL was always so positive, so strong, and so accepting. In the end, he knew it was time and went so peacefully surrounded by love. He didn’t lose his battle with cancer… Cancer didn’t win, and he certainly did not lose. He always lived life to the fullest no matter what.

About Our Team: Alan's family did their first "Get Your Rear in Gear 5K" the summer of 2019 under "Team Schaal'. Due to Covid-19, the Colon Cancer Coalition wasn't able to hold these events in person in 2020 and 2021. We are so glad it is back for 2022.

This is an event/5K we plan on doing every year, and every year we hope our team grows bigger and bigger. Join our Team. The more the merrier. If you are unable to attend on Saturday, August 13th but would still like to join our team, please register as a virtual walker.

What a great opportunity to walk in unity celebrating the life of Al while raising awareness and funds for a great cause. It is a bittersweet feeling but we are making a difference in the lives of others. People like Alan. Families like ours. Families like yours.

Please help us support Colon Cancer Coalition by making a contribution to our team and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar we raise will advance Colon Cancer Coalition's great cause!

Together, we can truly make a difference!
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