“I fell in love with that program, and through the training for that program, I learned that a lot of the women had been going to this (Treasure Chests) support group, so I started going,” Lautenschuetz said.
Lautenschuetz quickly learned that her preconceived notions of cancer support groups were not accurate.
They were not focused on pity and depression, but instead gave attendees hope, while also keeping them up-to-date on new cancer research and treatments.
“One thing I would stress is to anybody going through this is to try a support group,” Lautenschuetz said. “Don’t get a vision in your head of what it is. We spend more time laughing than we do crying.”
That was 15 years ago, and now Lautenschuetz hardly ever misses a meeting.
She went on to organize the Treasure Chests Relay for Life team, and last year she put the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Fundraiser together.
Lautenschuetz and Lamoy agreed that the all-day event received a good turn out despite the foul weather—as any North Country resident knows, it can snow in June in these parts—and both also agreed that this year’s event will be an amped-up version of last year’s.
Along with the tastings, which include locally produced wine, cheese and chocolate, there will raffles and performances by keyboardist Jay Lesage, the Completely Stranded Improv Troupe, former American Idol contestant Ben Bright, as well as acoustic performances by Taylor Renae LaValley, Abigail Clark, and alternative/rock band Truth be Told.
For more information, call Anne Lautenschuetz at 293-7097, or visit facebook.com/events/366273846820281/ to RSVP.