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Sara Thornburgh

My name is Sara Thornburgh.   I live in Lebanon, Tennessee.  I am a 42 year Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia survivor and a 5 time survivor of  Basal Cell Carcinomas.

In 1981, a week before my 2nd birthday, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.  Through chemo, radiation, and prayers I went into remission immediately and have never relapsed.

Fast forward to 2005 when a friend invited me to join her Relay For Life team.  I was so blown away by the compassion and hope that Relay offered that I started a virtual team in 2006. In 2007 I started a team at my local Relay.  I have been involved in Relay ever since.

In 2013, I had a bump on my head checked out and removed.  It was Basal Cell Carcinoma, skin cancer.  A few years later, I had a spot on my arm checked. My instincts were correct and I was once again diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma.  A few years after that, I was once again diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma on my forehead., it was caught early enough, I only needed a minor procedure.  In 2021, two more basal cell carcinomas were  removed from the head area.  I am happy to share I am now cancer free!

As a Voice of Hope, I have the  opportunity to share my story with family, friends and my community.  It is my goal to inspire HOPE and share cancer awareness information with anyone that will listen. As I walk the track at a Relay or speak as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, I am reminded that I am the face of HOPE.

Besides Relay For Life, I enjoy making crafts.  I also appreciate a good book.  My best times are hanging out with family and friends and serving at my church

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