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The Fight for Cancer Depends on You

By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan

Cancer kills the young, the old, the rich, and the poor.  Cancer does not care who you are or your plans for the future.   At age 27, I received a phone message – “Lisa, please call us your results came back as cancer”.   My daughter Elizabeth was not even 1 year old.  I was graduating in a few weeks from UNC-P with my Masters degree.   How could I have cancer?

I beat cancer thanks to surgery and early detection.   A few years later it came back in my life again.   I beat it again and again.   I have been cancer free since 2007, but every day I face that phone call again.   My husband, mom, and grandfather had cancer.  Saturday my best friend lost her husband to cancer.   My doctor and good friend died several years ago to cancer.   Who do you know that has had cancer?   Has someone in your family or friend circle been affected by this horrible disease?

I committed to fight cancer for my friends, my family, and myself.   Research is how we stop cancer.   Fifty years ago, people rarely survived cancer.   Today, many win the battle.   Research has made the difference.   The American Cancer Society has been our support in this battle.

Relay for Life Bladen County is April 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Elizabethtown Middle School.   We need your support.   Please come out and walk, donate, celebrate survivors, and help us remember the ones we lost.   The day is packed with entertainment, great food, and, of course, walking.   We walk for those who can no longer walk.  We walk for those that beat cancer.   We walk for those still fighting the battle.   Come join us.

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