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June 16, 2013

Celebrating with American Cancer Society


Woodward, Okla. — Fay Bellows Dodwell, 66-years-old

Diagnosed with uterine cancer 47 years ago

Dodwell is a fighter. She had to be because when she was born as a triplet, she was the smallest, just 2 pounds. She was so small in fact that her grandmother fetched her from the morgue section of the hospital where doctors had lain her, put her in a shoe box, and warmed her on the cook stove at home. "That was my incubator," Dodwell said. Then, 9 days later, the historic Woodward tornado ripped through town, but she survived that as well.

So in 1966, when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she just took it in stride.  

"They couldn't touch me at the time because I was 2 months pregnant," she said. "So then I went on to have 3 more children. And then they finally made me have the surgery."

Dodwell has been cancer free since then.  

She said she participates in the Relay "because this is a celebration of life."

For her it is a special celebration because it gives her a chance to visit with friends and fellow cancer survivors that she only gets to see once a year at the Relay for Life.

Billie Woodruff

Diagnosed with kidney cancer 13 years ago.

With bright, beautiful green eyes, Woodruff is the picture of health for a senior. Thin and built like an athlete, she has spent her life tending the home with her husband.

But in 2000, when she learned of a tumor in her kidney, she just wanted to get it out of there and get on with her life.

"And everything was great," she said. "They took out my kidney and found they got it real early and I have had no trouble at all with it."

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