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Shrewsbury and Grafton Unite to Fight Cancer…

grafton EvevtSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Kicks Off In Grafton!

Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I was asked to write a few words about having breast cancer. Let me just say that the greatest word in the dictionary for me is survivor. That is what I am. Over 20 years ago I found a lump and having two aunts that had cancer I went to see a doctor. After my exam, my biopsy was sent away and I began waiting for the doctor to tell me what the findings were. Let me tell you, that was the longest week of my life. The results were not good. Having two teenagers and being only 42 I was scared…..I had cancer. I could go on about how I was feeling at that time, but so many know that already. With the grace of God and my wonderful doctors, I am still here. I never ever gave up. After two surgeries and almost 4 months of chemo and then 30 days of radiation, it was over. Now the waiting game began. One year and then two years and then when I got to the fifth year I was able to breathe again. I so wanted to see my kids grow up. I wasn’t ready to die. My heart goes out to all the women who are afflicted with breast cancer. Never ever give up. Someday there will be a cure, and with the help of all that donate for your cause, thank you and god bless you.For all the women that are reading this, please get your mammograms. Your families need you. And for all the brave women who lost their battle with breast cancer, may you know that we here on earth are fighting the fight for you.

WHAT/WHY: 

Shrewsbury and Grafton community members will unite at a rally to officially launch their 11th Relay For Life season. Participants will ring in the new season with a rally that educates everyone on how their involvement benefits the American Cancer Society’s goal to save lives and create more birthdays. Money raised will fight cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Rally activities will include a showing of the movie “Box trolls”, Door prizes, FREE food & drinks, and much more!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an community celebration where individuals and teams gather together, picnic, dance, play games and take turns circling around a track “relay” style to raise funds and fight cancer. The event opens as cancer survivors lead the way around the track and are honored with the Survivor Lap. As the sun begins to set, the warm glow of hundreds of luminaria light the field in an emotional silent ceremony. Each bag lit is in honor of a loved one who won the fight against cancer or in remembrance of a special someone who lost their battle. The American Cancer Society

Relay For Life represents hope in that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who circled around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life has grown to more than 5,200 communities and more than 25 countries worldwide.

WHO:

Dozens of families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, local organizations, individuals, and the American Cancer Society.

WHEN:

March 5th,  6pm

WHERE:

Brigham Hill Community Farm
37 Wheeler Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

CONTACT:

Abby Zimage
508-270-4659
Abby.zimage@cancer.org

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