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Survival focus of Relay

Cancer Society fundraiser steps off today

Holly Poirier, Ron Ravenelle, and cancer survivor Owen Law, 4, of Dudley make thier way around the track in their mini John Deere during the 2008 Relay for Life. File photo/Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)

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June 19, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — For many people, life is all but taken for granted.

Not so for those who have survived cancer, and this weekend's Relay for Life honors them, as it does annually.

"Some people don't realize they're survivors the minute they're diagnosed with cancer," said Relay Survivor Chairman Faye Sweeney. "From that moment on, your life changes and the life of people around you changes."

This year, the local Relay's 12th, about 180 survivors have signed up, and four of them are being singled out for "Honorary Survivor" status — Robert Briere of Sturbridge, Elise Wilson of Webster, and Calissa Ferschke and Aiden Chernisky of Southbridge. While all 180 will be treated to dinner (served by Southbridge High students and alumni) and spotlighted by the Survivor Lap that officially kicks off the Relay Friday at 6 p.m., those four will light the "eternal flame," Sweeney said.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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