Relay for Life holds special meaning for cancer survivors

By J. Anfenson-Comeau

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s annual fund raiser, is also a time to remember those who have been lost to the struggle against cancer.

But for survivors such as Beth Young, 45, it also means hope for a future,

and the opportunity to spend more time with her husband and three children.

“It means each day you can wake up, that’s a new lap. Relay for Life represents your entire life, and the way you live it, and the purpose you get out of it each day,” Young said.

Diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, Young went through chemotherapy treatment and a double mastectomy, but even that hasn’t ended the threat of cancer.

In 2005, Young’s doctors informed her that the cancer had metastasized, or spread to her liver, an is inoperable.

“I’ll continue my monthly treatments for the rest of my life, and hopefully, we’ll keep it in the liver, and no further,” Young said.

Young became involved with Relay for Life three years ago, and has been with it ever since.

Relay for Life, held annually, raises money for cancer education, research and treatment.

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