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DEALING WITH LOSS: 13-year-old recounts cancer’s cost

May 7, 2013

Kelly Thomas, 13, and her grandfather, Bob Thomas, pose for a picture before attending a dance. Kelly lost her grandfathers, Bob and Tom Garver, to cancer. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Relay for Life event will be held June 1, starting at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event is geared to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

As part of the festivities, survivors and family members who have been touched by cancer come together to cheer and support each other.

Kelly Thomas, 13, has come face-to-face with cancer as it took two of her family members. However, she found strength to weather the loss and now participates in the relay.

“Cancer has such a tremendous effect on families. Therefore, faith is important through this all-too-common tribulation,” Kelly said. “Having lost both of my grandpas to cancer in the last five years, I have experienced both the positives and negatives of this disastrous disease.”

Watching a loved one battle cancer may seem to generate nothing but heartache. However, Kelly found a silver lining.

“Although the pain, loss and sorrow are present, I have grown tremendously in my faith,” she said.

Faced with the reality of losing her grandfathers to cancer, Kelly dealt with the fear and pain that came with such a loss. Crying into all hours of the night was not uncommon, but Kelly continued to hold on to hope.

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