Relay For Life Celebrates Cancer Survivors With Portraits of Hope

Relay For Life Celebrates Cancer Survivors With Portraits of Hope


AND LET’S GO PLACES DO ME A FAVOR. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE PORTRAITS. MEN WOMEN A CHILD ALL OF WHOM REPRESENT HOPE. GUESS YOU COULD CALL THEM PORTRAITS OF HOPE IF YOU LIKE CANCER SURVIVORS WHO WILL BE CELEBRATED NEXT WEEKEND IN SALISBURY ALONG WITH OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN LOST TO THE DISEASE RELAY FOR LIFE. BLACK COMICS ALWAYS A TOUCHING NIGHT AND THIS YEAR WILL BE NO DIFFERENT I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON ASHLEY CLEVENGER WHO IS THE RELAY FOR LIFE OF WHY CHEMICAL SPONSORSHIP CHAIR AND LANA FOLEY THE PORTRAITS OF HOPE PHOTOGRAPHER JOINING US THIS NOTE. THANK YOU LADIES SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON. TAY THESE PORTRAITS ARE FANTASTIC? WE WERE TALKING JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT BEFORE WE ACTUALLY STARTED THE INTERVIEW HERE. TELL ME ABOUT THESE PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR. SO EVERYONE HERE IS EITHER A CANCER SURVIVOR OR THEY’RE STILL FIGHTING FOR TO GET THROUGH IT. YEAH. AND YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S OBVIOUS WITH THIS IS THAT THERE THERE’S NEVER A PARTICULAR PERSON THAT GETS CANCER EVERYBODY GETS CANCER. WELL NOT EVERYBODY THINKS BUT BY THE ANYBODY COULD. AND I HAD CANCER ACTUALLY. SO I WAS PART OF THE PORTRAITS OF HOPE LAST YEAR WHICH IS HOW I KIND OF GOT BROUGHT INTO THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY AND YOU JUST YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. SO I THINK IT’S JUST IMPORTANT TO REALLY BE AWARE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY TO ANYBODY THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL BY THE WAY. THANK YOU QUIT. THANK YOU. MAY I ASK. YES. BECAUSE WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT WAS THE INCREDIBLE FEELING THAT COMES FROM EACH ONE OF THESE PORTRAITS YOU TOOK THE PORTRAIT WOULD YOU MIND TELLING US YOUR STORY. I HAD THYROID CANCER BACK IN 2013 AND REALLY IF YOU COULD GET CANCER IT’S PROBABLY THE BEST ONE YOU CAN GET. YEAH AND I FEEL VERY BLESSED FOR THAT AND YOU KNOW WHEN I SPEAK WITH DIFFERENT SURVIVORS AND FIGHTERS YOU KNOW WHEN WE DID THESE SESSIONS WE REALLY TALKED ABOUT JUST THE DIFFERENCE THAT IT IN MAKING YOUR LIFE AND HOW IT REALLY CHANGES YOU AND WHAT’S IMPORT AND I REALLY WANTED TO KNOW EACH ONE OF THESE SURVIVOR SO WITH THESE PORTRAITS AND TRYING TO CAPTURE WHO THEY ARE WE REALLY PICKED LOCATIONS THAT MEANT SOMETHING TO THEM AND WE TALKED ABOUT THEIR STORY AND THEIR FIGHT. AND YOU KNOW WE KIND OF BONDED BETWEEN EACH OTHER AND JUST THAT EVERY CANCER IS STILL A CANCER AND THAT UNLESS YOU REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY AND LISTEN TO YOURSELF AND LISTEN TO YOUR YOUR GUT YOU COULD MISS IT. AND THAT’S WHAT’S SCARY FOR ME. I WAS 33 AND I KNOW I’M HEALTHY LIKE EVERYTHING’S GREAT. AND I ENDED UP WITH A NODULE ON MY THROAT THAT I PROBABLY WOULD IGNORED AND I WAS VERY FORTUNATE THAT I JUST HAPPENED TO BE AT DINNER WITH SOMEBODY AND THEY HAD A FRIEND WITH AND SHE HAD A SCAR ON HER NECK AND SOMEHOW WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT AND SHE TOLD ME SHE HAD THYROID CANCER AND I SAID OH MY GOSH. WELL HOW DID YOU HOW DID YOU KNOW AND SHE SAID WELL I HAD THIS LUMP IN MY THROAT AND I SAID LIKE THIS. SHE SAID EXACTLY LIKE THAT. GO TO THE DOCTOR. OH MY GOD. YOU KNOW SO IT’S JUST IT’S JUST A CHANCE. AND SO I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS PORTRAITS OF HOPE IS SO IMPORTANT IS THAT IT BRINGS FACE TO THE COMMUNITY OF WHAT CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS AND FIGHTERS REALLY LOOK LIKE AND THAT IT DOES KIND HIT EVERYBODY. AND THAT IF YOU DON’T TALK ABOUT IT WHICH FOR ME IF WE HAVE NOT BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT I MIGHT NOT HAVE EVER GONE TO THE DOCTOR I MIGHT HAVE BEEN TOO LATE AND GOOD THINGS HAPPEN AND GOOD THINGS HAPPEN SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO REALLY GET THIS OUT. SO YOU SAVE FOR LIFE. WE ALL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME SEE THESE PORTRAITS AND LEARN MORE WHAT’S COMING UP. SO A RELAY FOR LIFE OF MY COMING HERE COUNTY IS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27. I’M SIX TO TWELVE WE HAVE A SURVIVOR RECEPTION THAT STARTS AT 430 THAT IS SPONSORED BY THE RICHARD HENSON CANCER CENTER AND THEN AT SIX O’CLOCK IS OUR KICKOFF AND THEN AT 730 OUR LUMINARY CEREMONY. AND IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN OUT TO SEE THE LUMINARIES CEREMONY IT’S A VERY POWERFUL TIME OF THE NIGHT. WE HAVE THIS SHOT OF OF THE CEREMONIES AND WE’VE DONE A LIGHTING HERE AND IT CRAPS YOU. IT DOES WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT WELL WE HAVE OVER 30 TEAMS THAT WILL BE THERE SET UP AROUND UPON THAT NIGHT AND WE CALL THEIR CAMPSITES AND SO THEY’LL HAVE THEIR LAST DITCH EFFORT OF THINGS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR TEAMS AND THEN THAT OBVIOUSLY THEN GOES ON TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND WE JUST HOPE THAT PEOPLE BRING THEIR FAMILIES EVERYBODY THAT THEY KNOW WALKED UPON YOU KNOW IT’S ALL ABOUT WALKING AND AND REMEMBERING AND CELEBRATING LIFE. THERE’S LOTS TO TALK ABOUT ABSOLUTELY. AND WE ALL HAVE FOOD VENDOR THERE WILL BE MUSIC PLAYING ALL NIGHT AMP WILL BE WITH US AND LOTS LOTS GOING ON LOTS TO DO THERE’S A CHILDREN’S AREA TOO WITH LOTS OF ACTIVITIES AND GAMES ABOUT HOUSES WE’RE HAVING A HAMSTER BALL THIS YEAR OH WE’RE JUST GOING TO BE REALLY FUN I’M SURE. SO YEAH LOTS TO DO PLEASE COME OUT. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO COME YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED. AND IT BENEFITS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY WHERE THEY DO ALL THE MONEY GETS BACK INTO RESEARCH FUNDING DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION TO HOPEFULLY END OUR CHARACTER CANCER ARE YOU DONE EVENTUALLY. GIVE US THE WORDS YOUR BODY SEPTEMBER 27 WHEN OUR PLACE PARK SIX TO TWELVE PLEASE COME AND OF COURSE WBC IS IS PROUD TO BE A SPONSOR OF THIS SPECTACULAR I ACTUALLY WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING

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