Local cancer survivor fights back through Relay For Life movement

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

This year, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. For Mickey Deslatte of Donaldsonville that statistic became real and very personal when she heard the words “you have cancer” and had to process what that would mean for life.

In 2016 Mickey was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, here is her story:

Relay for Life is an important event in my life. Never did I realize that I would be participating as a survivor. I had supported my family members for years. Then cancer visited me in 2016. I was blessed enough to survive Pancreatic cancer. The American Cancer Society stepped up to help by giving me a wheelchair, walker and supplemental nutrition drinks. They even offered me Counseling. Last year I attended Ascension Parish Relay for Life for the first time as a survivor. Everyone was extremely supportive and I enjoyed meeting other survivors. The survivor lap was a reminder of everything that I had been through and conquered. I think everyone needs to make a bigger effort to be involved at some level. Preparing meals, handing out t shirts, helping those in need...after all someone in your family could be diagnosed with some form of cancer one day. The support of the individual teams, the business, and Relay for Life Organization helps to make this a great event.

On March 10, Mickey will join with other community members to celebrate at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ascension Parish to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. Money raised will help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

On March 10, at 3:00 p.m. the Survivors will make the first lap cheered on by many people to celebrate with them and then they will be joined by their caregivers for the second lap. Please come put to help us celebrate with these amazing people. After the survivor and caregivers lap they will be treated to a jambalaya and dessert.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

All community members can get involved in the event by forming a team or making a donation to the Relay For Life of Ascension Parish. Visit RelayForLife.org or relayforlife.org/ascensionla to learn more about the event.

Contributed by the American Cancer Society