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June 16, 2013

Celebrating with American Cancer Society


Woodward, Okla. — Cherlyn Wilferth

Diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago.

Wilferth has beaten cancer, but if you ask her what memory sticks with her about her cancer, the answer might be the trauma of hair loss that came with it.

For that reason, Wilferth dedicated her life as a beautician and included in her shop, Cherlyn's Style Shoppe, wigs and turbans for those who are going through what she went through 20 years ago.

"I keep the giving going because we have to keep it all going," Wilferth said. "I support ACS because I have been through it and I know what they mean."

Erma Murlin

Diagnosed with melanoma 42 years ago.

When Murlin had to go see her doctor because of problems with her gall bladder, she took the opportunity to tell him about a funny little black mole on her back she noticed.

"He told me that when he took out my gall bladder, he would try and remove that mole if he could get me turned over to do it," Murlin said. "He did and sent it off and it came back as melanoma and so he got me back there and took a little more skin from around the area."

Since then, Murlin hasn't had any reoccurrences.

But she continues to show up to ACS events for a very obvious reason.

"It's a good cause and we need a lot more research done on cancer."

Gerald Murlin (Erma's husband)

Diagnosed with prostate cancer 6 years ago.

Murlin is not a very talkative type, but he sat Friday evening right next to his wife and enjoyed the evening with other friends, all survivors of cancer.

Murlin feels lucky that his cancer came at a time when technology has changed the options one has when dealing with cancers and he thanks the American Cancer Society for that advancement.

"I got to have the cryotherapy for my treatment," he said.


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