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June 16, 2013

Celebrating with American Cancer Society


Woodward, Okla. — Josh Henry, 27-years-old

Diagnosed with testicular cancer one year ago.

Two years ago, Henry wouldn't have guessed that a year later he'd be facing the fight of his life.

But July 5, 2012, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 26-years-old, he became acutely aware of the gift he had been given in his life.

"I'm not done with my fight yet," Henry said. "But I'm still fighting and I do it for my kids, Cheyenne, Dusty and Layonna."

Helping him all along the way has been the American Cancer Society.

"They have just been great, giving us gas cards so we could afford the trips and also all the information about what treatment and recovery options I had," Henry said.

Kim Kirkley, 46-years-old

Diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 7 years old.  In addition to a surgery to remove the tumor, she received "what was called cobalt (treatment) back then and also had radiation."

Kirkley said she is "very lucky to be here" and is now doing "very good."  She said she hasn't had any other cancer diagnoses since her childhood illness.

She said what helped her get through her battle with cancer were her family and friends.  "That's the best medicine yet," Kirkley said.

In addition to her own experience with cancer, she said, "I have family members who had cancer and friends who had cancer."   

Because of that she has been a longtime supporter of the Relay for Life in Woodward.

"I've been involved since Day 1 here," she said.  "When it first started I walked in the survivor lap, but over the years I've been on the Relay committee and walked with several teams."

This year she is with the BancCentral Relay team.

For Kirkley, the Relay for Life "is very important because we need awareness about cancer."

She said because of money raised through the Relay, the American Cancer Society is able to fund awareness campaigns to "tell people about the importance of getting screenings and do what they can to protect themselves from getting cancer."

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