As a caregiver, Karen Keefer has made many friends, knowing that sometimes she will lose them.
Caring for a cancer patient is physically and emotionally demanding, she said.
People must make time for themselves while they are caring for a cancer patient. The caregivers also have to realize they are making a vital difference for their patients and the patients' families, she said.
Later this month, Keefer will be recognized as the honorary caregiver for this year's Solanco Relay for Life.
"I've done it many times," she said. "I started when I was with the ambulance."
Moira Grubb's elective surgery probably saved her life.
"I went in for foot surgery in 1979," she recalled last week. "They did some blood work and told me I needed to see a gynecologist."
That led to the diagnosis of cervical and uterine cancer and a complete hysterectomy in January of 1980.
"And I've been clean ever since," the Eden Township resident said. "I'm very, very lucky in lots of respects, because if I hadn't had elective surgery, I wouldn't be
here right now."
The second annual Bob Bard 5K race has already attracted more
runners than last year's inaugural event.
"We had 287 sign up to run or walk last year," said Adreienne Bard Wilk. "We already
have 294 this year."
The group started planning this year's race even before the final runners finished the course in 2012.
"Once we saw it was going to go well, we decided to make it an annual event," Wilk said.
Wilk, her sister, Ashley Bard Solomon, and their mother, Brenda Bard, organized last year's race in memory of the late Bob Bard. They decided to organize the 2012 event after nearly 100 people from Quarryville participated in the 2011 5K Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., to raise funds for brain cancer research.