Inspiring stories of courage from cancer survivors

Hope undimmed: Delima (blue tudung) and other cancer survivors lighting paper lanterns during the launch of Relay for Life Penang 2015 at Holiday Inn Resort.

STAY optimistic and have courage. These are the words of breast cancer survivor Delima Jamaludin, 36, who was diagnosed three years ago.

“If we are afraid of cancer, it will conquer our body,” she shared during the launching of Penang Relay For Life 2015 Fighting Cancer Together campaign at Holiday Inn Resort in Batu Ferringhi on Saturday.

Lim Kim Wah, 53, also gave inspirational testimony on how she coped with ovarian and liver cancer 16 years ago.

“Believe that you can still see the world as there are still a lot of things to discover,” she said.

The hopeful message spread by the two cancer survivors were echoed in the key messages that were pinned on a picture of a tree to mark the launching.

Two of the messages were ‘Many cancers are treatable’ and ‘Early detection and proper treatment saves lives’.

The other two key messages were ‘Practise a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of getting cancer’ and ‘You are not alone’.

The launching was attended by some 40 people, including cancer survivors, RFL 2015 sponsors, volunteer committee members and staff members from the National Cancer Society of Malaysia Penang branch and Penang Hospice Society (PHS).

PHS vice-chairman Datuk Seri Dr T. Devaraj said RFL 2015 would be held at the Penang Municipal Park from 4pm on Aug 15 to 10am the next day.

He expected more than 2,500 people to take part, including 150 cancer survivors.

Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan, who was present at the launch, urged smokers to give up the habit.

He said they were not just putting themselves at risk but also those who inhaled the smoke from their cigarettes.

Seven cancer survivors lit luminaria (paper lanterns with candles inside) in remembrance of those who had fought or were currently fighting against cancer during the launching.

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