River Area Cancer Survivors Unite to Inspire Hope

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) – While the fight against COVID-19 has garnered a lot of attention over the past two years, the battles for those battling other diseases have never been halted.

“Cancer didn’t stop because of COVID,” Deborah Hill said.

The cancer survivor explained that her battle had been long and hard. Hill had to deal with kidney cancer twice. Now she’s been a survivor for 30 years, but not without sacrifice.

“So living with a kidney, you think you can’t do it, but you can,” Hill said. “You have to do what you have to do.”

It was a sentiment shared by many Thursday at the Hunter Hills Church of Christ in Prattville at the River Region of Hope Community Survivors Dinner. Volunteers served meals to cancer survivors and their caregivers who were invited to celebrate life.

“You can’t have one without the other,” said Kathy Wood of River Region CommUNITY of Hope. “You have to have a caretaker who will be there to take care of that person when they are in their darkest hours, when they are in their sickest time.”

As people at the dinner hope there will one day be a cure for cancer, they enjoyed the camaraderie while waiting. It is the spirit of hope that they believe will inspire others.

“It’s very important to let people know that they can always have hope,” Hill said. “And when you’re with survivors, I met one the other day when I was delivering Meals on Wheels, and she said she’s only been a survivor for a year. I said, ‘Look at me, 30 years old.’ I said, ‘You’ll get there.’ “

The River Region CommUNITY of Hope was formerly known as Relay For Life of Montgomery Metro. They are in the process of rebranding in an effort to unite several towns in the region in the fight against cancer.

Donations to the association can be made in line.

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