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5/2/2007-Tyler

East Texas Cancer Survivors, Dressed Clowns, Inspire Others

It's a great getaway for cancer survivors in East Texas. A time, where they can meet others who've suffered with the disease, and take a little time away for themselves at ETMC's spring retreat.

Two East Texas women, who've beaten the odds and dressed up like clowns put on quite the performance.

There's a lot behind their costumes, and all the makeup. Pauline Moore and Roberta Denson are cancer survivors.

"In 2005 I was diagnosed," Roberta told KLTV 7.

"My mother's entire side of the family has died with some form of cancer. My father's entire side has died with some form of heart trouble," said Pauline "Unfortunately, I have both. I have survived the cancer of 11 years, but I'm still dealing with the heart problems."

Neither Pauline nor Roberta have let their cancer get them down.

"Every time something comes up I say bump bump," Roberta said. "Every time somebody asked me 'how I was doing with my cancer,' I would say 'I'm Blessed.'"

"Twenty two years ago, I got called into clown ministry," said Roberta.

Roberta a.k.a. "Ms. Dolly" and Pauline nicknamed Bo Jangles are part of "Simply His Clowns."

"I get to do things that I can't do any other way. Nobody gets mad at a clown. It is a joy to go into hospitals and nursing homes. The forgotten ones," said Pauline. "Especially for the children, just to see the clown and to forget for a few minutes and have the laughter there. They may not have the strength, but a clown walks in and it kind of creates that moment of make believe."

Roberta said, "Bring a minute of joy, perfect joy."

So balloon after balloon they entertained at ETMC's Great Getaway, sharing their smiles.

ETMC holds a retreat like this twice a year. If you are interested in signing up call ETMC's Cancer Center at 903-535-6301, but space is limited.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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