My friend, Paula from Whitehall, was sitting at her aunt and uncle's pool enjoying a beautiful summer day. She looked down as the sun was shining on her legs and noticed a mole looked a little different.
What happened next was so interesting that I asked Paula if I could share her story.
On Tuesday, Paula went to her regular doctor, who decided the mole looked unusual. The center was definitely a darker color than the rest. The next Monday, the doctor performed a punch biopsy, where the affected area is cut out around and below the mole and sent it off to the lab.
You are invited to the first team meeting for the 2014 season, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Fellowship Community's Auditorium, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.
We are starting our 11th season for the Relay For Life of Whitehall. Please make noise and come out and join your relay. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Whitehall, Catasauqua, Northampton or the surrounding areas is welcome.
Wow, a whole year has gone by since I was asked to chair the Relay For Life of Whitehall.
This important relay covers the Whitehall-Coplay, Northampton and Catasauqua Area School districts.
I have had a great year talking with cancer survivors and listening to their stories, attending cancer summits and meetings and even a lobby days event in Harrisburg.
It's only a month away.
Mark your calendars for June 22. The 10th annual American Cancer Society's Whitehall Relay for Life will take place at the Whitehall High School football stadium.
The event is free and open to everyone, even those not touched personally by cancer. This expects to be a relay like none ever seen before. We hope to see both residents and businesses alike from our market area, which includes Catasauqua, Northampton and the Whitehall-Coplay school districts.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) is looking for members.
ACS CAN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate that supports legislation designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
ACS CAN gives a voice to those impacted by cancer by encouraging lawmakers at all levels to make cancer a priority. By raising issues of importance, raising funds, educating voters and rallying others to the fight against cancer, ACS CAN makes a difference and helps save lives.
Some of the recent accomplishments include:
To illustrate the toll that cancer takes and how the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life can help, I have asked my friend, Gene, to tell me about being a caregiver for his dad, who passed away battling lung cancer. This is Gene's story:
I'm writing this article on what would have been my father's 72nd birthday. This was my very first experience – up close and personal – with cancer and it has forever changed me on a very fundamental level.
Please join us for our next meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Fellowship Community's lower level auditorium, 3000 Fellowship Dr, Whitehall.
The Relay for Life of Whitehall invites anyone in the community who would like to help us. We meet monthly at Fellowship Community for approximately one hour.
Everyone is invited to the 2013 Season Kick-Off for the Relay for Life of Whitehall.
The event takes place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the lower-level auditorium of Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
All residents and business owners from the areas within the Whitehall-Coplay, Northampton, and Catasauqua school districts are encouraged to get involved.
The relay is a big undertaking. It takes nine months to plan and is done 100 percent by volunteers. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers because we could not have a successful relay without them.