Tiffin cancer victim to be honored

FINDLAY – Northwest Ohio’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sept. 28 is to be run in memory of Tiffin resident Holly Correll, who died in mid-December from breast cancer.

Correll’s husband, Cory Correll, said he heard about the honor Sunday from his sister-in-law, Rhonda Barto.

“We’re all pretty happy about it,” he said, including children Jeremy and Olivia. “The kids and I are going to go. They’re pretty proud of it.”

He said Holly first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.

“Then she got treatment and it went into remission for a couple years,” he said. “It came back in 2011 and she died at the end of 2012.”

Barto, Holly’s sister, said it’s fitting that she be honored during the event.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” she said. “She always wanted to walk in this. She always wanted her story to be told. She wanted to write a book about it. I guess the next best thing is being honored like this.”

Barto remembers Holly as a giving person.

“Holly was a fighter. She always cared about everybody else, even in the midst of all this she kept her faith even though she was excrutiating pain.”

Holly told her story on Facebook and developed a worldwide following.

“People heard about her through a friend of a friend,” Barto said. “She always wanted people to know God, and they did through her.”

“She’s just my little sister and she was a big inspiration,” she said. “She was my best friend and I miss her terribly.”