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My name is Beth Lambert and I am an English teacher at Grafton High School. I also serve on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization called “No Stomach for Cancer”, dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer.
I became involved when my family was impacted by this horrible disease. My brother, Steve, passed away from it in 2006, which was a rare genetic mutation. In 2010, my mom died the same way.
In 2007, my siblings and I discovered we also carried this mutation with an 83 percent risk of developing the cancer. We did the recommended course of treatment—we had our entire stomach removed, which proved to be life-saving as there were precancerous cells growing in all of us.
November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and Grafton High School will participate on November 3 with a walk around the track between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
Although the goal is to get as many people involved as possible, equally important is its symbolic value. We would like people to take turns walking the track. Join us for any amount of time, take a break, play a board game and purchase snacks and raffle tickets.
If you cannot attend, you can still participate by registering and wearing your Walk t-shirt wherever you are on November 3.
The donation fee is $25 and includes a periwinkle (the official color of Stomach Cancer Awareness) Walk T-shirt and two “No Stomach for Cancer” wristbands.
If you are interested, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you the registration form.
Registration is on now so please hurry, the t-shirts will go fast.
If you would like to learn more about stomach cancer or the organization, our web site is www.NoStomachForCancer.org.
With gratitude, Beth Lambert