ATTENTION

It has been decided to POSTPONE the Relay For Life kickoff event that was originally scheduled for tonight at 6:30pm at the New Haven High School due to unavoidable circumstances. They  will let you know when they secure a rescheduled date.

Please call Mindy at 260-471-3911 or Greg at 260-740-7070 if you have any questions/concerns.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

by Beth Stauffer

I was just a little girl myself when the word ‘cancer’ first entered my vocabulary.

My Grandma Whiteleather was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time when I was just a preschooler, causing her to need a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.   Then, at 8 years of age, my Grandpa Bricker passed away from lung cancer that had metastasized and spread throughout his body.

It’s hard for me to imagine living in a world that hasn’t been touched by cancer.

Participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, however, don’t just imagine a world without cancer—they are actively raising much needed funding and awareness for cancer research and prevention.

Vaughn Spencer, Sandy Carter, Linda Spencer, Tara Spencer, & Chad Froelich

Here in New Haven, we are blessed to have Relay For Life of East Allen County working to promote this mission by celebrating survivors of cancer, remembering those who have been lost to the disease, and inspiring participants in the Relay to take active steps to fight back against the disease.  The 2013 Relay is set to take place June 1st-2nd at New Haven High School.

A participant in the Relay for Life of East Allen County is 9 year breast cancer survivor and New Haven resident, Sandy Carter.

Ms. Carter was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in April 2004.  According to Ms. Carter, the diagnosis completely rocked her world.   “I thought I would be the last person in the world to be diagnosed with cancer. There was no previous history of cancer in my family and I never smoked. When I got the call telling me my tumor was malignant, I went into a state of shock. I remembered thinking, ‘How can this nightmare be happening to me?’” said Ms. Carter of her diagnosis.

Carter’s treatment lasted for 8 months, and she credits her 19 year old daughter Natalie with being her saving grace during this difficult time.  At the completion of her treatment, Ms. Carter says that she knew she never wanted to return to what she refers to as “Chemo Land”, which prompted her to revamp her lifestyle.   “I made changes in my life style, lost 40 pounds and kept it off and gave up soda and opted for bottled water instead. I kept all my follow-up appointments with all my doctors, my surgeon, etc. and have had my yearly mammogram every year since my initial diagnosis.”

While one might think this is the end of Carter’s cancer story, she says that her cancer journey continues. “It doesn’t stop once you are finished with your cancer treatment and you have your hair back and you finally have enough energy to walk across the room,” says Carter.  “I do not want anyone else to have to go through what I went through, so I tell my cancer survivor story and hope and pray that if there are women out there who are afraid to get their yearly mammograms because they think it will be painful or just put it off because they think it can wait–please realize it can’t wait. Early detection is key in surviving any type of cancer.”

As a cancer survivor, Carter says “I hope that by sharing my survivor story I am able to inspire just one person to care enough to get involved in this fight we all face together against cancer.”  On Monday evening, February 4th, 2013, the New Haven community will have an opportunity to find out how to join in the fight against cancer by participating in Relay for Life alongside Sandy Carter.

The Relay for Life of East Allen County Kick-off Party will take place in the New Haven High School auditeria beginning at 6:30 pm.  The event is open to the public and will feature information about the upcoming Relay.  If you would like more information about Relay for Life of East Allen County but are unable to attend Monday’s Kick-Off Party, visit the organization’s Facebook page at www.RelayForLife.org/EastAllenCountyIN or call Mindy Torres, the American Cancer Society’s event staff partner, at  260-471-3911 option 3.

 

POSTED: 02/03/13 at 8:39 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News