Help put caring into cancer care
I am participating in the Run For Ribbons on May 12th to help raise cancer awareness and to raise much needed funds for no-cost services provided to local cancer patients and their families.
I’m also running for a variety of more personal reasons: To remember my mom who died of metastatic breast cancer, to honor my sister who died too young from metastatic malignant melanoma, and to honor my younger brother who died from a compromised immune system caused by treatment of multiple myeloma. In addition, I am running for my cousin Colleen who used to run marathons but no longer able to run because she is battling pancreatic cancer and malignant melanoma. I'll also keep in mind my nephews and nieces who have had melanomas removed along with others in the family that carry the gene that makes them so susceptible to both melanoma and pancreatic cancer.
I’ll run because I can. I underwent surgery and radiation for breast cancer in 2013/14. I also underwent radiation, chemotherapy, and surgeries for colorectal cancer in 2015/16. I’ll run because I'm well enough to run again, because it’s a good cause, and because I am grateful for the cheerful support I received from staff and volunteers at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center … I’d start naming names but the list would be too long … I'll just mention one, Patsy, a volunteer so warm and kind that she could make Thursday seem like a good day to go for radiation.
The Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation funds a variety of no-cost services to cancer patients, their families, and the community regardless of where they are being treated. To learn more about the services they offer please visit www.tccancerfoundation.org (Some of the free services include medical screenings for the under insured, prosthetics, pamphlets, wigs, hats, scarves, support groups, classes, chaplains, and smiles from people who care and usually have also been deeply affected by cancer in some way themselves.)
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