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Meet Our Voices

Survivor/Caregiver

Arizona
Lynne Hartke

When breast cancer attempted to silence my voice in 2009, I decided to quit waiting for “someday” and to pursue my dream of becoming a writer.  Surrounded by students who

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California
Mercy Campos

In 1999 I lost my Dad to prostate cancer.  I knew nothing about cancer, but quickly learned to be my dad’s caregiver. In 2004, I moved to Fontana.   Through a

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Arizona
Joleen Goss

I live in Kingman, Arizona with my spouse, Robin.  I am retired and enjoy my free time traveling to visit with family and friends.  I have had the pleasure of

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Kansas
Lisa Herkenrath

I’ve had many family members afflicted with cancer, including two brothers who are survivors and my father, who lost his battle with prostate cancer.  I still was not prepared to

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Massachusetts
Marcia Sharkey

In memory of my dad, who had passed away from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I attended my first Relay in 1997.  My sister and I wanted to remember and honor our hero,

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Washington
Edith Hitchings

My name is Edith Hitchings.  I live in Belfair, Washington full time & Depoe Bay, Oregon part time.  My cancer journey began in 1983 when I was 26 years old.  I was

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Missouri
Bess Wilfong

While her husband was dying of cancer, Bess was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her father had died from breast cancer, she was urged to get a double mastectomy.  She

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Indiana
Marjorie Holderman

Every day 1,200 people will die from cancer. 1 out of every 8 women will experience cancer sometime in their lifetime. My name is Marjorie Holderman.  I live in Mishawaka,

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California
Carol Philipi

My name is Carol Philipi.  I live in Anaheim, California.  I am a 30-year Relay volunteer, 40-year Caregiver, and almost 5-year Cancer Warrior. My Relay journey began in 1993 after

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Michigan
Diane Denoyer

1991, the year that the American Cancer Society changed my life.  It was that spring when my dad and a family friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Their lives paralleled

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Texas
Val Reeves

I am Val Reeves from Katy, Texas.  I am a wife, a mom, a VeeVee, and a retired teacher.  I became involved in Relay For Life about twenty years ago

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Texas
Debbie McDonald

My  name is Debbie McDonald.  I live in Alvin, Texas with my husband, Lou.  We have 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren.  Family time is important to us.  We are

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