Local cancer survivor keeps fighting


Spring showers bring May flowers, Mother’s Day, Springfest and Relay for Life. We are beach people and want warm and sunny weather. When we don’t get it, we become disappointed.

In another situation, cancer patients, cancer survivors and cancer caretakers want a sunny cure for this dreaded disease, cancer.

Disappointment in life is a reality. We have it every day. To have cancer, is a very traumatic happening in one’s life, and the crisis that one has to endure can be overbearing for the patient and their family. The weather can change from bad to good on a whim. Some of us change and some don’t. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It effects young, old, black, white and all ethnic groups.

As a 16-year survivor, I pray and hope that one day we can celebrate the cure for all cancers. Everyone I know, has family, friend or themselves who have suffered from cancer. The American Cancer Society, like myself, has a goal to raise funds. We need your help. Please give to your local chapter. Our theme this year is “HOPE AMONG THE STARS.” Stars represent many things such as our wishes, our spirits or our quality of life. When stars twinkle, we are reminded that we all share the same stars and same power to make a difference in the world. For all people, we need the power to fight back and cure cancer. 

On May 11, the American Cancer Society is having a Relay for Life at Frontier Town, Berlin, Md., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is a community event to honor survivors. Our mission is simple, fight back and cure this disease. We must help people to stay healthy and well.

I found this quote on a key chain given to volunteers at Atlantic General Hospital.  “LOVE, STRENGTH, COURAGE — LOVE of both the caregiver and patient, STRENGTH for the endurance and determination of the patient and COURAGE to work through the unknown.”

Every year I write to the local papers about the Relay for Life and pray and hope my message is clear:


God Bless To All!

Nick Bartolomeo