Honorary Relay for Life chair shares cancer diagnosis story

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Relay for Life TONIGHT, Friday, June 8 at Wilton High School celebrate cancer survivors, remember and helps save lives!

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world's largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer.

One of the region's top fundraising Relay for Life events to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held Friday at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center on Veterans Road. "I want to finish the fight against cancer so that they do not have to speak to 4th and 5th graders when they are nearly 50", McCarthy stated.

"Going through the trials and tribulations of cancer, chemo, radiation, struggling with after surgeries.the one thing that keeps people together and keeps families together is that idea of hope", said Amy Porter, a breast cancer survivor.

"She always surprises me", said Jodee. The second-highest amount raised by an individual this year was $2,615.

"Newtown has such a wonderful and supportive close-knit community of survivors and caregivers", he said.

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Matthew said he was grateful for the support of the hospital and his wife and two kids. "The doctor immediately sent me for bloodwork and ordered a colonoscopy that had to be insurance-approved because I was not yet 50". "Seeing their courage to embrace their own cancer story in their everyday lives is such an inspiration to me. From games or fun activities on the track to the opening and luminary ceremonies, the event is one I cherish every year".

Relay For Life of Northeast Colorado is taking the mound against its perennial rival - cancer - and hoping to sit its opponent down permanently.

"Giving back and having the courage to do something for others is what life is all about", she said. "Its making memories and being with family, and showing the support and love that's really lacking in a lot of people", said Cooper. "My first Relay for Life was in 2002 when I was first diagnosed".

Then, a year after her diagnosis, Braga was in remission. "The American Cancer Society focuses on research and without that research, we do not get new cures or treatments. It's the survivors and caregivers that truly, truly understand the battle and the journey". Local businesses who have gone out of their way to ensure our event is a huge success year after year. "And, you know, when the shoe fits, you wear it".

In the following weeks and months, Braga decided that the best way to win a fight is to know the opponent so she began learning about what was happening in her body.

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