Michelle Hogen of Maplewood and her husband Brian were among the more than 4,200 Minnesotans who entered the QuitCash Challenge, an annual quit-and-win contest sponsored by QUITPLAN Services. Today, we celebrated Michelle’s accomplishment and presented her with the contest’s grand prize, a check for $5,000.
Smokers for more than 20 years, Brian and Michelle were motivated to quit when they found out Michelle was pregnant. They joined the QuitCash Challenge in March, and successfully quit smoking during the contest’s “quit month” of April. At the end of the month, Michelle’s name was randomly drawn as the contest winner, with her smoke-free status being verified by a lab test.
The Hogens’ status as expectant parents motivated them to quit for good. “We were starting to notice what 20 years of smoking does to your health. Brian was starting to develop a smoker’s cough,” says Michelle. “When we learned I was pregnant, we were inspired to quit for our baby.”
Michelle and Brian plan to use some of the prize money to fix up their home while preparing for the new addition to their family.