Ramona Relay’s Honorary Survivor of Hope walks for others
Ramona resident and cancer survivor Darlene Scott is American Cancer Society Ramona Relay for Life’s 2014 Honorary Survivor of Hope.
Scott, who moved to Ramona with her husband Mark and their children in 2000, was diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest child was 3 months old. This year that child will be 18 years old. Each birthday celebration of his is also a celebration of another year of survival for her. Her family now includes grandchildren.
A renewed appreciation of life, family, laughter and the hope she offers those battling cancer make every day as a survivor a blessing and a gift, relay participant Tina DeStefano said in the statement announcing Scott’s selection as Honorary Survivor of Hope.
Both of Scott’s parents and her sister died of cancer. These losses profoundly impacted her as she vowed to join The American Cancer Society in the fight to eliminate cancer and celebrate more birthdays.
Before the loss of her sister in 2012, Scott became a caretaker as well as a survivor. In addition, she has offered hope and support to many close friends who have had to battle cancer. She said she has a special bond with each of her survivor friends and families, including her mother-in-law and sister-in-law.
This will be her fifth year walking in Ramona Relay For Life. She will be walking in memory of Ramona resident and friend Carla Schuler. She said Schuler was and always will be a continued inspiration in her life.
Scott walks in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle, in honor and support of those battling cancer, and in unity and friendship with fellow survivors.
She and Ramona Relay For Life organizers invite all cancer survivors and caretakers to join them for the Survivor Lap and breakfast on Saturday, April 12, at 8 a.m. at Wilson Stadium on Ninth Street. Interested survivors are asked to register online at www.relayforlife.org/ramonaca (select survivor walking first lap) and RSVP to Diane Fieger at 760-315-0485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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