Cancer Survivor Takes Emotional Steps in the "Relay for Life" - - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

9/19/03 - Tyler

Cancer Survivor Takes Emotional Steps in the "Relay for Life"

14-years ago Lynda York, a VP at Southside Bank in Tyler, heard the words she never wanted to hear.

"It was like wow this is serious I have cancer," recalls Lynda York.

When Lynda first found the lump, she really didn't think it was cancer. Lynda says it wasn't until after surgery she knew the lump was malignant.

"When I woke up, of course, the mastectomy had been done," says Lynda. "Years ago when you were told you had cancer, you thought it was a death sentence," says Lynda. "So naturally, there was a lot of fear involved and there was a lot of fear for the family."

Lynda turned where many people with cancer go.

"I was diagnosed in May and we moved to Tyler in August of that year and I immediately got involved with bosom buddies that was a support group."

And then five years ago, through Southside bank, Lynda got involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Naturally she felt compelled to walk because she's a survivor, and she can't wait to take the emotional survivor's lap again this year with 200 other East Texans.

"That's really even hard for me to talk about because there are some people out there who have just or are still going through their treatment and it just offers so much hope."

Which is why Lynda spent the day making some last minute preparations at Southside with her Relay for Life team. She's proud of them and the community because they too have taken up the fight against cancer.

"I found that each day is a gift and whatever I can give back and whatever I can do. I just pray that my children and grandchildren never have to hear those dreaded words, 'You have cancer' and that is the reason I am working so hard," says Lynda.

Lynda's husband and her four children will all be making the laps this year at Tyler's relay for life. She hopes anyone who just wants to support her and the other survivors will come out to the opening ceremonies Friday.

Dana Dixon reporting

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