"I just lost my cousin Shawn Basom. That’s why I am here," Sue said with her eyes filling up with tears.
Another participant, Donna Stover Sweigart explained the reason for her attendance as: "Grandma Bailey is the reason I started walking in the Relay For Life a few years ago. I still walk in the memory of her and all the others who have passed away in the past few years and for the ones who are fighting the battle now. We just had another family friend loose her battle this week. My thoughts and prayers are with Ruth Moist’s family and friends. I know I have said this before, but don’t take life for granted, live your life to the fullest. Love your family and friends with all your heart. You never know what tomorrow will bring."
Ruth and Francis Keister were browsing the Chinese auction tables. Judy Yeater will be an 18 year breast cancer survivor in September.
"I am glad to be here," she said. Her husband Dennis is also a cancer survivor.
"Survivors & Friends" is an active support group for cancer survivors. They meet the second Monday of the month rotating between in the Community Room of the Weber-Rinck Health Center in Middleburg and the American Cancer Society Building behind Wendy’s in Selinsgrove. For more information contact Karen at (570) 837-5045.
Guest speakers for the Survivor Celebration Ceremony were Honorary Co-Chairpersons Natalie Knepp and Clarine Troup. Knepp concluded her speech with these thoughts, "What I have learned through this whole experience is that you must be your own advocate, no one is looking out for you but yourself and your loved ones.
"So much of my stress could have been eliminated if I would have been willing to travel the first time around," she said. "And last, but not least, trust your instincts. I never in a million years would have thought going to the doctor for a routine visit would have given me this much of a story, but thank God I did."