Chrissy Wilson, of Clinton, and other cancer survivors and caregivers were honored by the American Cancer Society High Plains Division with the 2012 Hero of Hope Award. The award recognizes 27 cancer survivors and caregivers who have had exemplary involvement with Relay For Life, made significant contributions to cancer control, and made an impact in the lives of others.
The American Cancer Society selected Chrissy and others from across six states representing 11 regions. Chrissy is from Missouri and KC/Western REGION. The honorees selected symbolize the courageous struggle against cancer as they and family members deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience. They represent courageous voices of hope.
Chrissy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2006. She had a bilateral mastectomy followed by 8 rounds of chemotherapy at age 28. Chrissy thought of her two boys and husband and fought back. “The thought of dying never crossed my mind,” she says. “That was not an option for me.” We all ask ourselves, Why Me? Chrissy said after coming back from Summit she gets it now. She says, “I know why God put me in this position, because he knew I could help others that hear those words, you have cancer.” “I don’t feel that there is one single person not affected by cancer” says Chrissy. “The more you talk about your cancer diagnosis, the more people are aware that there are resources out there to help.” Chrissy has been involved with Relay For Life since 2007 when her family and friends began a team in her honor. In 2009, Chrissy was named honorary chair and watched her son become a top individual fundraiser. This year she has co-chaired the Henry Co. Relay for Life. She also helps to fight back by participating in Strides Against Breast Cancer. Chrissy does all of this so one day her two boys won’t hear those dreaded words, “You Have Cancer.” “Words cannot express how honored I am to get to play such a role in others lives by giving them Hope” says Chrissy. I am Hope for All young women fighting breast cancer. “The Hero of Hope Award provides a highly visible symbol of one’s courageous fight against cancer as well as encourages support and participation in the programs of the Society” says Sheila Blankenship, American Cancer Society Relay For Life Hero of Hope Team Chair and survivor. Each Hero received their award at a special ceremony during the Relay For Life Leadership Summit held in Dallas on September 30, 2011.
“Meeting them and hearing their stories make a statement that progress is being made in cancer research and that there is hope for the future for people who are diagnosed,” says Blankenship. “We are proud of these individuals who exemplify true Heroes in their communities. They are indeed profiles of courage and the reason why we continue to Relay.”
Chrissy is ready to speak or meet with you and tell you why she is Hope. You may contact her at 660-525-6726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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