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Dear Editor,

Cancer has changed my life. I lost my dad and husband to the disease, and 12 years ago I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I underwent surgery and five weeks of radiation treatment. I am now cancer-free!

That’s why I am participating in an American Cancer Society team event called Relay For Life on May 6 and 7, at Oakdale High School. Relay For Life is a 24-hour fundraiser that takes place across the country and around the world. It’s a way to honor cancer Survivors, remember those who have passed, and fight back against the disease. The Oakdale-Riverbank event has already raised over $24,000 this year for cancer research, programs and services.

I’m looking forward to walking the Survivor’s Lap with my fellow cancer Survivors. I am also anticipating the emotional Luminaria Ceremony, when we will light candles to honor cancer Survivors, those still undergoing treatment, and those lost to the disease. In addition to being on a Relay team, I am on the event leadership team as Caregiver Corner Chair and I am helping with the Survivor Brunch, which will be held on April 1.

Of course, I wish that I’d never gotten cancer in the first place, but I did. For me and for many others touched by cancer, the Relay For Life motto rings true: “There’s no finish line until we find a cure.”

I hope others who have been touched by cancer will get involved in the Oakdale-Riverbank Relay For Life. For more information about Relay For Life, which will take place on May and 7, or the Survivor Brunch, to be held on April 1, please call the American Cancer Society at 209-524-7241 or visit Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer.


Marilyn Boatright