Relay more than just support, it’s ‘survival’
by Robin Stevens, Contributing Writer -- Email News
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<i>Justin McGill/Cadiz Record<p> Ann King is one of the Honorary Survivor Co-chairs for the 2012 Trigg County Relay for Life. </i>
No one has to explain the importance of Relay for Life to cancer survivors and their families. That’s why Ann King and Jerry Faris were honored to be named as this year’s Honorary Survivor Co-chairs of the annual Trigg County event.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Ann, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 41 years ago. “I don’t feel I deserve it. I never had to go through chemo or radiation. In fact, those things weren’t even available at that time.”

Forty-one years ago, Ann said, cancer was simply removed with no other treatment. “If it came back, you were gone. There was no other recourse.”

That makes Ann a perfect example of how cancer treatments have changed thanks to advances in research. And that research wouldn’t be possible without fundraisers like Relay for Life.

“Relay helps the cancer society figure out ways to stop it, to heal it,” said Jerry, who found out he had lung cancer in 2003. “It made me feel pretty good to be asked to do this.”

Jerry, who retired from the Army and moved to Trigg County in 1985, was told by his doctor at the VA hospital that his cancer was probably a result of his time in Vietnam.

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