Making a Difference: Taire Suliin

By KBJR News 1

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM CDT

Duluth,MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Volunteers often work in the background, quietly fixing problems, making sure fundraising events go off without a hitch.

One of those volunteers is Taire Suliin of Duluth.

Even while battling an aggressive form of cancer she continues to make a difference in her community.

Suliin has been volunteering for the United Way for nearly 30 years.

While battling ovarian cancer she is working from home helping to organize the United Way's annual Power of the Purse.

The event puts books into the hands of more than 3,500 children across the Northland each year.

“Every child from the day they are born, to the day they start school, get a free book sent to their house in their own name,” Suliin said. “So it helps with literacy, it helps them learn, it helps them be better prepared for school. The better prepared they are, the higher the graduation rates will be."

Now a part of a community fighting back against ovarian cancer, things have slowed down just a bit for Taire.

Suliin has completed three of six aggressive chemotherapy treatments to beat her clear cell, Grade 3 Stage 1C ovarian cancer, and she says she's taking to it well.

A benefit for Suliin has been set up to help defray medical expenses in her fight against ovarian cancer.

It will be held at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth on April 13 from 3-5p.m.

Donations for the silent auction can be made by calling 218-340-0798.

You can also send monetary donations to:
Team Suliin Benefit Fund
C/o Pioneer Bank,
331 North Central Avenue, Duluth, MN 55807