Colfax cancer survivor realizes dream of becoming a motorcycle mechanic

Friday, August 02, 2019

EAU CLAIRE — Portia Maves rang the bell three times, signaling the end of a struggle and the start of a new chapter in her life.

“When you have your last treatment of chemo and are cancer-free, you ring a bell three times,” said Portia, who reached that milestone on July 5, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “I was so excited to ring that bell. I had been going to treatments every three weeks for a year.”

Less than two months later, Portia became a student at Chippewa Valley Technical College. A little more than a year later, she graduated into a new career as a motorcycle mechanic, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Portia, 36, was chosen as the student speaker for CVTC’s summer commencement ceremony at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

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