65 cancer survivors honored at Bossier Relay for Life

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 04/25 2014 10:25PM

Updated 04/25 2014 10:36PM

Community matters to hundreds who gathered at Louisiana Downs Friday night, not for horse races but to race against cancer. This year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Bossier City featured 65 survivors and 35 teams.


“It was something I didn’t think I could do but with the help of the lord, my friends, I got through it,” said JoAnn Brewster of Bossier City. She’s been breast cancer free for 25 years.


Brewster was at the raise to not only raise money for research, but also to tell women and men they need to check their breasts daily for lumps.


“I would recommend anyone, if they feel a lump, go immediately to the doctor for a test,” said Brewster.  “Do not wait; the earlier it’s detected, the better survivor you will be.”


Organizer Michelle Curtis said she'd like to see more survivors come out.


“What it’s intended to do is help cancer patients, help them with treatment and we’ve helped many get to treatment so we’d like to see more of them come out,” said Curtis.


The 2014 Bossier City Relay for Life brought in more than $55,000. The goal is to raise $92,000 by August. The money goes toward research, showing patients how to cope with their new identities, such as wearing makeup and dealing with hair loss. Also, the money goes toward transporting patients to treatment.

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