Cancer survivors celebrate life alongside caregivers, family

Cancer survivors and caregivers came from all over Dougherty and Lee Counties to walk for Relay for Life

Cancer survivors at Friday's Relay for Life overnight walk at Darton College celebrated just that: Life.

"I'm out here to walk and to be out here tonight to enjoy whatever we do in life," says Mary Brown, a two-time Breast Cancer survivor.

Hearing you have cancer is never easy whether you've survived it twice like Brown or are a first time survivor like Gene Pope, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2009.

"At first I was upset but then I know that God is able and He is too wise to make a mistake. I never question why me," says Pope.

During their treatments, Brown and Pope say their caregivers and family members were at their side through it all. Friday, they were walking alongside them as survivors.

"My son works on the base; he was always there with me and my sister; she went through all my chemo with me," says Pope. "It's just wonderful I'm so thrilled that they were there with me to go through it and I have another chance."

Brown says caregivers are important part of going through cancer treatment.

"It means a lot that someone else cares, they know what you're going through, your caregiver is a person who stands beside you through the thick and the thin," says Brown.

Organizers say the phases of the night symbolize the journey through cancer.

When the when the sun sets, it's like being diagnosed. When it gets dark and late, they say it's like the feeling some cancer patients have of their life possibly coming to an end and being tired. As the sun rises, it's like light of hope that rises as treatment ends.

"It means that God is able and He will bring you through and by His grace and mercy, I'm still here," says Pope.