By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer
Five generations of women in Kay Prater’s family have been stricken by cancer.
The Clovis resident lost her grandmother and mother to the devastating disease.
“My grandmother succumbed (to cancer) when I was 11,” Prater said, “and my mother died when I was an adult.”
Prater’s daughter and granddaughter are both cancer survivors.
“My youngest daughter had uterine cancer and my granddaughter had melanoma,” Prater said.
And at 61, Prater herself has beaten cancer four times.
“I’m a fighter,” she said. “I will not give up.”
Each year The American Cancer Society Relay for Life committee chooses a cancer survivor to serve as honorary chair for the Clovis event. This year Prater is that person.
Relay for Life Co-Chairman Rebecca Holt said Prater is deserving of the honor because she is a sweet and sincere person who is willing to share her cancer story.
“She is a very special lady,” Holt said.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, is an overnight walk to raise funds for cancer education and research.
Holt said the Relay for Life committee hopes to raise $107,000.
She said 87 teams have registered to walk in this year’s event, an increase over last year’s 64 teams.
“The community is really pulling together for this because cancer has touched so many lives,” Holt said. “The more money that is raised, the quicker a cure can be found.”
What: Relay for Life
Where: Ned Houk Park
When: Friday and Saturday
Time: Registration for survival celebration is at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday. Walking begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continues through 9 a.m. Saturday. Closing ceremony follows the