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Cancer survivors celebrate life

April 24, 2003

Albany- Cancer is a disease that many of these survivors say they are bearing, and fundraising events, like Relay for Life help many like, Mary Powell, enjoy living.

Mary Powell says, "I started walking nine years ago in memory of my grandfather, so I've seen it progress from a fundraising point of view to a survivor point of view." The theme for the celebration of life dinner is "The Power of Purple." A color synonymous with the strength and determination.

Cheryl Mallard says, "You're never prepared for it once you find out that you have the disease, but you work through it." David Whittle has been a dentist in Albany for twenty-one years. He has not worked in a month and he says older cancer survivors are valuable resources.

He adds, "The doctors can only tell you so much but these people that have been through it already know what it's like." Four year survivor, Rick Turner, says he lives for today, knowing a cure is just around the corner. Turner adds, "Everyday is a holiday and we're going to win."

The annual relay for life walk begins Friday at 7 P-M at Darton College.

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