Relay for Life to be held this weekend

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By Lisa King

The Relay for Life is coming up this weekend and cancer survivors and others are gearing up to attend the fundraiser.

Daisy Baxter and Becky Brewer, both of Shelbyville, are among the breast cancer survivors who will be attending the Relay this year.

When Baxter found a lump in her breast, she quietly made a doctor's appointment and didn't tell anybody what she suspected. Even after she found out the lump was malignant, she didn't say anything to anyone until she had to, she said.

"I was having surgery on Monday and I didn't tell my husband until Saturday," she said. "Jesse has always been a worrier, and I didn't want him to worry until he had to."

Baxter said that finding a cancerous lump in her breast at age 70 was a difficult thing to bear, but she knew she would get through it.

"I knew with the Lord's help, I could face anything," she said.

This year will be her second trip to the Relay, which she will be attending with the Breast Cancer Support Group which meets at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. Baxter said the support group has been a big help to her.

"It helps to talk to someone," she said. "I had a friend who had both breasts removed, and we talked almost every day."

Not only does it help to talk, she said, but belonging to the support group is good because they have access to more information about cancer treatments, medication and more.

She is looking forward to the Relay this year.

"We had a ball last year," she said. "Our daughter and her husband flew in from California and they went on the survivor's walk with me."

Becky Brewer will be going to the Relay for the first time this year.

Brewer, who performs CT and Bone Density X Rays at Baptist Diagnostic Center in Middletown, knew something was wrong when she discovered her lump.

Her worst fears were realized when she had a biopsy.

She had both breasts removed in September at age 28.

She adds that having breast cancer at such a young age may be an inspiration to others to become more aware of the disease.

She urges other women to do breast self-exams regularly.

"You've got to know your body so you will know if there are any changes," she said.

She plans to attend the Relay with family and friends.

The Relay for Life will kick off at 7 p.m. May 16 at the Shelby County High School Football Field.

The opening Ceremony will feature survivor as guest speaker. The first lap will be the cancer survivors' walk and the second lap will be a survivor and caregivers' walk.

The Luminary Presentation will be at 10 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker and a singer. There will be a silent auction at 7 p.m. and a live auction at 8 p.m.

There will also be activities, games, karaoke, food and music.