Jeanette Ladner will serve as the survivor ambassador for the 2017 Stow- Munroe Falls-Hudson Relay For Life.
Relay For Life will take place at Stow-Glen Retirement Village, 4285 Kent Road in Stow on June 10, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. Relay raises money on behalf of the American Cancer Society for research to fight cancer and to assist those battling the disease.
Mrs. Ladner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She discovered her cancer through a self-exam and feels strongly that being proactive about her health with monthly self-exams along with yearly physicals helped to save her life.
After her diagnosis, she underwent chemotherapy, radiation and five years of treatment with additional medication. Mrs. Ladner was cancer free for 14 years until a routine mammogram revealed that her cancer had returned in March of 2016.
She states, "It was a shock and I was confused that after all these years of living a very healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise that cancer would return."
After her second diagnosis, she chose to have a bi-lateral mastectomy followed by medication treatment. "Because I was pro-active about getting my yearly check-ups, I caught the cancer in its earliest stages and have been cancer free for one year," she says.
"During the past year, I have had the love and support from so many," she adds.
She attributes her positive attitude and strong will to beat cancer again to her loving husband, Jeff, and her daughter, Clarissa. She is also grateful to her parents and sisters who have walked beside her during her journey, along with her dearest friends who have been there to carry her through a very tough and emotional time. "I would not be the survivor I am today without all of them pouring their love and support into me along the way."
Since her first diagnosis, Mrs. Ladner has been involved with Relay For Life first with the Stow-Hudson event and then with the Stow-Munroe Falls event. She served on the executive committee as the survivor chair, the logistics chair and the registration chair for the event for nine years. She was also team captain of the Cardinals For A Cure team, made up of staff and students from Woodland Elementary School. Most recently, she has participated as a survivor and has donated in support of the efforts of the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Ladner is proud to have been a part of the Stow-Munroe Falls School District for 25 years. This year, she has formed the Bulldogs United For A Cure team to honor all of those who have been touched by cancer from the district. She stated that the administration and especially her school family of students, parents and staff at Woodland Elementary have been an integral part of her survivor journey. She looks forward to working with them as well as everyone who has been on this journey with her at Relay For Life this year.
As part of the SMFH Relay For Life, local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap on June 10. As the Survivor Ambassador, Jeanette Ladner will lead the lap. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer may participate.
As the survivors walk, other Relay participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. The five-year survival rate for all cancers has risen to 68 percent, and there are an estimated 14 million Americans alive today who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Survivors and those currently battling cancer are encouraged to take part in the opening ceremonies. At 1 p.m., a free luncheon will be provided for those currently in treatment, survivors and one caregiver.
If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer or are a caregiver and would like to participate in the Stow-Munroe Falls-Hudson Relay For Life, or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/stowhudson or contact Jared Brauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-517-2064.