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Scott Co. Relay For Life Honorary Survivor Shares Her Story

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It's a celebration of survivorship and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens so many lives. Your Fox 18 is proud to be a part of the Relay for Life of Scott County this Saturday. This year's honorary survivor Laurie Harrison shares her story ahead of the event.

"I had gotten kind of a cough and I had some other health things before, so I wasn't too concerned but it didn't go away," said Harrison.
 
What she thought was a cold she just couldn't kick got worse and led to swelling in her neck. An X-ray revealed a large tumor in her chest and a biopsy showed she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She said "Even with my medical background I never had thought about cancer being what it might be."
 
At 27 years old Harrison was shocked to get the news but didn't have a doubt that she'd get through it. She's now a 17-year survivor and mother of four. Harrison was named this year's Honorary Survivor for the Scott County Relay for Life.
 
"You're part of that community and it's nice to be a part of that good story of cancer," added Harrison.
 
On Saturday, Harrison will share her story and lead the survivor lap. She's been involved with Relay for Life for several years and is proud to represent a cause that aims to ultimately find a cure, telling us, "There's such a group of people who are supportive and really involved in raising moneys for research and for the cancer society in general."
 
Harrison will join dozens from the Quad Cities area who represent just a small fraction of all those impacted by cancer in some way. They'll all be taking steps to fight it.
 
Money raised through the relay goes to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and resources. It's this Saturday at the Rivercenter in Davenport. For more information on getting involved CLICK HERE.

 

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