Hundreds gather at vigil for Moorhead mother battling cancer
MOORHEAD — A beloved mother, a stand-out athlete and a brave fighter is how hundreds describe Andi Olsonawski, a Moorhead mom who continues a years-long cancer battle.
Her husband Mark says the final hours are drawing near for his wife, but right now, she's surrounded by friends and family. That didn’t stop hundreds of people from lining the streets, hoping, praying, singing and offering support for the mother of four.
She’s well-remembered for her track and field days with NDSU. She did not compete after college, but sees that as a blessing, because since her diagnosis, her faith in God has grown tremendously in something she once called, “the race for her life.”
Lee Hoedell, a friend of the family, said Olsonawski is on the last leg of her race, yet this is the best way to help a loving person like her.
"What she's going through has not been a sprint, and in order to cheer her on and say, 'You can get to where you need to be,' and we know where that eventually is," Hoedell said. "All of us someday are going to be where Andi is sitting."
It was an emotional scene at the vigil. There were a lot of good memories of Andi shared, and all had the common theme of cheering Andi on, all the way to the finish line.