Joan and Adam celebrate survival



CANCER doesn't come as a shock any more for five-year-old Adam's family.

Adam Campbell was three when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and he was in between treatment when he celebrated his fourth birthday.

His great grandmother Joan Reynolds is a breast cancer survivor and together they are walking in today's Relay for Life survivor's walk.

The family's overwhelming attitude, as Adam's mother Kim Campbell showed, was one of hope and gratitude for their survival.

'You don't have a choice, you just cope,' Kim Campbell said.

'It's not nice that he got cancer but we're lucky he's with us today.'

Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago and she was told to think of another five years as a bonus.

'Ten is a double bonus, you've got to think positive,' Joan said.

Joan's sister died of cancer about 15 years ago, but Joan is fairly sure she's in the clear.

'I think I'm very lucky,' she said.

Joan took part in the survivors' walk last year despite recovering from a knee injury and said it was important to support the cause again this year.

'I feel that raising the money, and trying to find a cure, is helping others,' Joan said.

She also said the survivors' walk was about 'proving to people that you can live on'.

Joan encouraged people to come to the candlelight ceremony and make a donation to the cause.



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