Cancer survivors gather to remember, hope

From the Register-Mail:

It was supposed to be a routine doctor visit for 10-month-old Elizabeth “Ella” Myers.

“I took her to her doctor for an appointment,” said her mother, Leah. “That’s the last time I was home for quite a while.”….

Ella was one of the youngest survivors of cancer Friday night at the Knox County Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event kicked off at midday and lasted through the night and into the morning.

The all-night event in many ways symbolizes the plight of a cancer patient, ending with the sunrise and a hope for a cure, said Stacey Dutton, a staff partner with the American Cancer Society.

A total of 54 local teams took part in the festivities on the Knox College campus. And each of them had something in common.

“Unfortunately, everybody in our community has been touched by cancer,” said Dutton, whose father died of prostate cancer and whose mother survived cancer.

Now 3 years old, Ella has been a survivor for a year and a half.