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Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, we will feature guest blogs from Kelly Walsh High School students. They will share their personal story of why they are involved in the upcoming Trojan Trek to benefit the Angels Cancer Care Program.
What is cancer? Cancer is defined as a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Upon hearing of a diagnosis of cancer, one’s once controlled and normal life may seem as though it is at the mercy of those abnormal cells growing within their bodies. However, by accepting the life sentence and pushing for life, the patient can (and will) regain control of their own destiny.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 2,800 Wyomingites will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2015. These patients will join countless others who have been pushed to live. At some point in time, we all will be charged with facing this life sentence. Whether it is the diagnosis of self or of a loved one, we all will be touched by this push for life. I, myself, have not been immune from this life sentence. Though I’ve not been diagnosed with cancer, I have witnessed the tremendous bravery of several family members and friends in their fight for life. I recall something a dear friend said to me upon learning of his diagnosis of cancer, “I’m a survivor! Survivorship begins with diagnosis and I plan to be a survivor for the rest of my life!” That is exactly how he fought for his life … by believing he is a survivor. Although the cancer eventually took his life, he will always be a survivor to me!
The life sentence that a cancer diagnosis brings is not something that the patient themselves should have to endure alone. A diagnosis tends to bring family, friends, and community together. This community fight is what makes me proud to call myself a Wyomingite! One such example is an event organized by the Kelly Walsh High School Student Council. The “Trojan Trek” is a weeklong walking event designed to raise funds for the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation’s Angels Cancer Care Fund. The Angels are cancer survivors, friends, family and community members providing an array of services to cancer patients and caregivers. These services include mentoring, providing wigs and meals, running errands and giving other support the patient or family may need during treatment.
The beauty of the Trojan Trek is that it is 100% student driven! These young kids have committed themselves to the life sentence and are determined to help all who are affected by cancer in their push for life. Our young leaders are determined to raise $30,000 in one week for our survivors! They need your help!!!
A number of celebrations will take place during the Trojan Trek. We encourage ALL cancer survivors to celebrate survivorship on Survivor Sundae. From 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 7, survivors will be treated to a free ice cream sundae provided by Ken & Betty’s. To culminate the Trojan Trek and to honor all who have passed from cancer, please join us for Memories to Midnight from 11:00 pm – 12:00 am on Sunday, June 14. Metro Coffee Company will provide free coffee and hot chocolate for those in attendance at this ceremony.