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6/6/2019
 
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Over 300 cancer survivors and loved ones packed the Masonic Temple in Johnstown Sunday to celebrate life. Specifically, life after cancer in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day. The event was made possible by the Johnstown area cancer survivors group and the Johnstown Harley owners. Since 1997, volunteers have been putting on the celebration. "I work in the oncology department and usually when I see people it's just when they're getting their treatments. And we decided we needed to do something fun for our patients," said Michelle Shaffer who works at UPMC and is a member of the Johnstown area cancer survivors group. Shaffer says the event gives her and other employees at UPMC a chance to interact with patients outside of a hospital setting. Hope and support filled the room as survivors mingled with one another. "Some people have survived cancer for many many years, some people this is their new journey. So it gives them emotional support," said Shaffer. That support brought cancer survivor Elaine Adams out to the celebration once again. "I used to come with my aunt, we were both cancer survivors. She passed in 2014 and I haven't came since." said Adams. Adams has survived cancer more than once. First diagnosed in 1994, she went through chemo and radiation, then again in 2003. In 2014, Adams was given a cancer diagnosis once again. "They wanted to do a lumpectomy and I said no take the breasts off, I don't want to go through this again," said Adams. What doctors found afterwards was shocking. "They found three different cancers when they took the breasts off, only one showed on a mammogram. And that was five different cancers, every cancer I had was different," said Adams. Now 75 years old and cancer free, Adams encourages everyone to visit the doctor regularly for checkups.
  
 
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