Mother of three celebrates – and fights against cancer

Treva Thompson, a 38-year-old mother of three, knows first-hand how precious life is.

Fourteen years ago, she was diagnosed with Hodg­kin’s lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes.

Thompson opted for a new chemotherapy treat­ment available based on a clinical trial partly funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

“When you’re 24 years old, you aren’t contemplating the end of your life. I was just a kid in university,” Thompson said.

She is now cancer-free.

“My experience showed me how the Canadian Cancer Society makes a difference in the lives of all cancer patients,” said Thompson. “Without an­nual fund­­raisers like Relay For Life, treatments like the one that saved my life would simply not be possible.”

It takes place June 5 and 6 at the Guelph Con­servation area and June 12 and 13 at the Fergus Sportsplex.

It is a 12-hour, non-com­petitive, overnight event featuring teams of 10 that walk or run around a track. Fund­raisers held in com­munities across the province celebrate those who have beaten cancer and remember those who lost the battle.

Thompson participates in Relay For Life every year. “Relay For Life shows people that there’s hope and cancer can be beaten. I’m living proof.” Visit­/relay to register or call 519-824-4261 extension 3173 for more infor­mation.