BELLVILLE, OH - Norbert and Barbara Peiker have personally been battling cancer since 1996, but now they are helping others fight with their annual Valentine's bake sale. This year's sale was held on Saturday, February 11th, at Brumby's Coffeehouse and Pizzeria, located at 96 Main Street in Bellville, OH.
Norbert was diagnosed with stage-3 cancer back in 1996, and then, in 2003, his diagnosis was changed to stage-4. He was told he only had a few years to live. Fourteen years later, Norbert and Barbara are still tackling life head-on.
Barbara chuckled, "Norm and I, were kind of like the poster 'older-people' fighting cancer." However, some may say they are anything but.
They both continue to work, because, as Barbara explained, "fighting cancer isn't cheap." Additionally, Barbara has one of the fastest half-marathon times for her age bracket in the world. They have family located internationally they enjoy visiting, and they are both heavily involved in giving back to their community. Just one of the many ways they do that is with this bake sale.
Saturday marked the fifth year of the bake sale, and in 2016 the sale grossed over $2,000 dollars for cancer research. The money is donated via the Peiker's and their loved ones' Relay for Life team, Team Hope. From there, the money is given to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.
The baked goods, ranging from the slogan cupcakes to cookies to banana bread to brownies, are all one-hundred percent donated by the men and women of the Bellville community.
The Peiker's hope to be an advocate for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and don't know where to turn.
As Barbara put it well, "No matter who you are and where you live, everyone knows someone who is fighting cancer." She went on to add, "We just want to be a positive force to let people know we have not forgotten about you, we love you, and we just want to give you the energy to fight."