Cancer survivor calls support 'most important'

Cancer survivor Nancy Woodman calls it an 'honor' to have survivorship recognized.(Anne-Gerard Flynn photo)

By Anne-Gerard

Special to The Republican

EAST LONGMEADOW - Nancy Woodman has no special event to go to on Sunday, June 4, which marks the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, but her T-shirt sums up her feelings at being in her eighth year as a survivor of cancer.

The shirt, a souvenir of her participation in the American Cancer Society's recent Relay for Life in Chicopee's Szot Park, reads: "We are courageous. We are the passionate. We are the determined. We are hope."

"My absolute favorite part of the Relay for Life is the survivor walk. I just finished my fifth relay, and, once again, I wept with joy walking with fellow survivors, being cheered by hundreds of people as we walked the celebration of survival," said Woodman who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009.

"It's an honor to have our survival recognized."

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