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9/13/02 - Tyler

Living With Cancer

   Helen Shifrin hopes that you'll understand what it's like to walk a mile in her shoes, "When the doctor says you have multiple myeloma," she tells. "The first thing I do is, 'How do you spell that'-- you get your little pad and paper ready.  Then the next question is, 'What is it?'

   It's a rare bone cancer. She's been battling it for several years, but a positive attitude and life's pleasures, like her niece Devon--keep her going. With each step they take and in Friday's Relay For Life...the money raised moves her closer to a cure.

   "Because Myeloma is so little known it doesn't get a lot of publicity, therefor a lot of funding or research."

   Multiple Myeloma affects about one percent of all cancer patients. It's a stubborn disease that doesn't go into remission but neither does Helen's attitude. "Most people do think the typical face of cancer is somebody who's sitting here going, 'Oh, I'm going to die of cancer', she says. "Most of us are saying, 'I have cancer but I'm going to live.'

   Living that starts with small steps. The 4th annual "Relay For Life" starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Robert E. Lee practice field. The event will run through 10 a.m. Saturday

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