(WWLP) – Six cancer survivors will be honored Thursday night as 2019 Cancer Survivor Heroes during an inaugural fund-raising event for the western Massachusetts non-profit “Survivor Journeys” founded several years ago by a cancer survivor.
Dr. Jay Burton was diagnosed 9 years ago with acute myeloid leukemia. He has seen from both sides of the stethoscope that there is a void in our community in dealing with how you live with cancer.
“If you’re a single mom and you have to get the kids to soccer practice plus you work full time and you don’t have local family or you’re an older person who’s a widow or widower and you don’t have local family, how do you get to your appointments? Do you have transportation?”Dr. Jay Burton
These are the questions his non-profit tries to answer with a mentorship program where people dealing with cancer get advice from a survivor who has made that journey before.
“I’ve never broken my elbow so I can’t really tell someone how it feels. I’ve had cancer. I’ve been beaten up. I had a stem cell transplant. I have some chronic issues because of my treatment but I’m here nine years later. And I can give that information to people that have just been diagnosed. And I can say ‘I’ve been in your shoes and I know there’s going to be tough times. But I know there are going to be good times and you’re going to have to take it day by day.'”Dr. Jay Burton
Thursday, November 21st at 6 p.m. at Monticello at Somers, 732 Hall Hill Road in Somers. For more information, visit www.SurvivorJourneys.org
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