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Chandler Realtor slates tourney for cancer victim

April 27th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler Realtor slates tourney for cancer victim
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By SanTan Sun News

The Darwin Wall Real Estate Team is rallying once again for a cancer victim, this time a Chandler woman. Last fall, the realty firm held a pub crawl to help a  Scottsdale woman battling breast cancer as well as a spring golf tournament to support a coworker diagnosed with the dreaded disease.

Now, the Darwin Wall Real Estate Team is holding a golf tournament to help Emily Valenzuela, a Chandler native who has been battling cervical cancer for three years.

The Eagles for Emily tournament will begin with a 7 a.m. May 14 tee-off at Springfield Golf Resort in Chandler. Darwin Wall is seeking sponsors and auction items as well as players. The $500 foursome fee includes lunch and drinks, 18 holes of golf and awards. Sponsorship and other questions can be answered by calling Stella Youmaran at 480-726-2100 and people can register at darwinwall.com/golf-tournaments.

Valenzuela, 47, is the mother of six children ranging in age from 15 to 32 as well as a grandmother of three.

“Prior to my diagnosis, I lived a healthy lifestyle and made sure to get routine check-ups, including pap smear screening regularly,” she said, explaining that she was stunned by the news after her latest checkup that she had stage 2 cervical cancer.

“I was shocked but ready to fight,” she said, explaining she had major surgery soon after her diagnosis in September 2018, followed by six weeks of daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Valenzuela learned last October “my cancer was back and had metastasized to my abdominal wall.

“I was told with chemotherapy I would prolong my life four to six years,” she said. “From that moment, I was on a mission. I need to be around for my kids. I still need more time.”

She decided to seek a second opinion from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America “and it’s amazing how different their outlook was.

“Yes, I have cancer, but there’s a 66% percent chance that I could fight this and be okay.” she said, adding that she began a new round of chemo in January that will last until next month.

“I am so thankful for the support system I have that helps me stay positive during my cancer journey,” Valenzuela said. “My hope is that by sharing my story, I can spread awareness of cervical cancer and inspire others to take care of themselves . I want to encourage women to face their fears and go to the doctor if they notice something out of the ordinary.”

Since it began pub crawls and tournaments, Realtor Darwin Wall and his team have raised more than $100,000.

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