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Powerlifting: Tawzers return to competition on a mission

Family uses the power of lifting, and uplifting

October 1, 2019

By Brian Stanley / Contributing Writer for the Santa Ynez Valley Star

For the first time since cancer forced her to retire from competition, Mary Tawzer lifts the 45-pound bench-press bar while her son Clay Tawzer spots the lift.

Powerlifting world champions Ken and Clay Tawzer are coming out of retirement, and this time they are lifting for more than championships and world records.

The father-son combo from Los Alamos are returning to lifting to raise awareness for breast cancer screenings in honor of Ken’s wife, Mary Tawzer, who is undergoing treatment for her third diagnosis of breast cancer.

“I’m very, very proud of them and honored they do this for me and other women,” Mary said.

Mary, 63, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in early 2018 after being admitted to Marian Regional Medical Center with pneumonia.

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