Belleville View Article – by Jerry LaVaute

10 05 2012

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BELLEVILLE: Amy Rauch Neilson loses battle with cancer

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012

By Jerry LaVaute
Special Writer

Amy Rauch Neilson was an active blogger about her battle with cancer.

Amy Rauch Neilson, who began a blog in 2006 to share with others her battle with breast cancer and the support she received, died on Sunday, May 6. She is survived by her husband Don and six-year-old son Theodore, two sisters and other relatives and friends.

Amy was 43, and was a resident of Belleville for over a decade.

Her blog was titled “It’s in the genes,” and had 1,359 followers. A blog update that was posted on May 7 said that there were 3,200 hits on Sunday, and over 4,900 hits on Monday.

The link to Heritage Media’s community blog is Amy stopped writing the blog in March, but it was continued by her friends and supporters. The last entry was on Monday, the day after she succumbed.

Shortly after being diagnosed early in 2006, her friends began a team that participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each May. The team calls itself “Amy’s Walking Angels.” The next Race for the Cure is scheduled for May 26 at 8 a.m. To learn more about her team, click Rugh Kahl, a friend since 7th grade, described the spark inside Amy that enabled her to connect so effectively with others. “She wrote from her heart,” Kahl said.

The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 9, from 4-8 p.m., and Thursday, May 10, from Noon-8 p.m.

Funeral Services are planned for Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. (in state at 10 am) at Northridge Church, 49555 North Territorial Road, (at Ridge Road), Plymouth, 734-414-7777. Cemetery prayers will take place Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia for immediate family only. Memorial tributes are suggested to Beaumont Hospice or a fund to benefit Theo’s education.

In Amy’s first blog, titled “Support in a Sea of Pink,” she wrote of her first experience with the race: “Along the way, I stopped to take a photo of a group of young girls waving hot pink pom-pons who were cheering for the walkers. As I got closer and focused my camera lens, they noticed my pink survivor T-shirt and began cheering very loudly – just for me. I was so taken aback that my rarely-seen shy side came out and I actually blushed.”

“But, as I rejoined my group and continued the walk, it also served as a reminder that in the battle of breast cancer, we are never alone.”



3 responses

10 05 2012
Jackie Lynn Clement

Correction to this headline: Amy did not LOSE her battle — she was a WINNER every step of the way!

10 05 2012
Debby Neilson

I agree 100% Jackie!!!

10 05 2012
Jennifer Bopp Stegbauer

Right on! Amy wanted to be the girl who won, and that’s who she is. She never gave up! She’s getting her gold medal from God.

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