Why do you do what you do?

In 2004 I became a survivor of breast cancer. When our customers found out, so many of them had their own stories with cancer. It was overwhelming.

The following year, I went to the Canton Relay For Life and was amazed at how many survivors there were, from recently diagnosed to surviving 25 years or more. There is HOPE! When the Relay for Life event started in Jackson Township, my husband, Mark, and I knew we wanted to have a team — the Miday’s Nursery Team.

Just from selling raffle tickets, candy bars, and hot plate trivets and having a pancake breakfast and a yard sale at the nursery, our team has raised nearly $40,000 over the past five years to help find the cure. Relay gives me the chance to fight back against cancer. It allows me to give back and make a difference. It is a great feeling knowing that someday the dollars we have raised will have saved someone’s life.

We started Miday’s Nursery in 1979 on the farmland my husband, Mark, grew up on in Jackson Township. I came from Boston. We got married in 1975, and I didn’t work for three years. Mark taught woodworking at Coventry High School in Portage Lakes. When they open the Joint Vocational School in Portage Lakes, he decided to get out of teaching, and we started the nursery. His dad had a nursery, but it was his hobby, so Mark and I decided to make it a business.

What’s on your bucket list?

To be more organized!

What’s on your mind?

I want someone to find out what causes cancer and find a cure for it someday.


Who: Karen M. Miday
What: Miday’s Nursery, 8361 Portage St. NW, Jackson Township.
Education: 1963 graduate of Medford (Mass.) High School
Community boards: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Committee.

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