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Why I relay: Father, grandmother died of cancer

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I participate in Relay for Life because it is a good cause. Like countless others, I know of many people who have been affected by cancer.

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It is like a silent enemy. Whatever we can do to help end the fight is worthwhile.

I also have some personal reasons to participate. About 25 years ago, my dad and my grandma both died as a result of cancer.

My grandma was diagnosed first, with ovarian cancer. Then my dad discovered that he had a tumor in his small intestines. He died shortly after surgery, and his mom — my grandma — died slowly, after chemotherapy.

They are two big factors for why I am involved. I do it to honor them, remember them and find that it somehow helps to balance the scales.

Patty Durham is on the Crosslake Curettes Team.

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