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Cancer survivors to share stories

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A chance to listen to the stories of those who have survived cancer will be given to the public Saturday.

American Cancer Society Fayette County’s Way to Cure “Research” will be hosting the Celebration of Life at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the John H. Miller Community Center gym, 2900 Park Road. 

“We will have cake and ice cream, and survivors will get a chance to talk,” Bertie McKenna, one of the chairs on the Way to Cure, said. 

There will be a release of balloons in the park in honor to celebrate life and those in heaven. Luminary bags will be set out along Park Road at dusk, McKenna said.

Fayette County’s Way to a Cure “Research” was formerly known as Relay for Life. McKenna, who just received the Golden Hoosier Award for senior citizens, gets most of the donations for the Way to a Cure.

“I’ve been doing this for over 14 years,” McKenna said. “I have gone around collecting money with my purple notebook for Relay for Life for so many years that people see and recognize the notebook. They’ve just started asking me, ‘how much should I give?’ because they know me,” she laughed.

The Way to Cure still needs the public’s help with donations of purchasing luminary bags in honor of those who have survived cancer or those who have passed. 

“Even for people in your office that are survivors you can purchase one in honor and in memory,” McKenna said. “We need your help to line Park Road with luminaries.”

Luminaries cost $5 each and can be purchased by calling McKenna at 765-967-2430.