Middle School Secretary Shares Cancer Survival Story
When Marian Chappel sets foot on the track at Duncanville
High School as a participant in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,
she will walk with a renewed purpose. In the past, Ms. Chappel has participated
in this annual event to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost
loved ones to the disease. This year, Ms. Chappel has her own survival
story to tell.
In April 2015, Ms. Chappel, the Reed Middle School
secretary, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, the most common type
of breast cancer. When Chappel’s doctor told her the news, she was paralyzed.
“I was in denial, like the doctor wasn’t even talking to
me,” Chappel said. “I could not even say the word cancer.”
Chappel had gotten her regular mammograms every year, but in
2015, she was six months late. A cyst had formed during that time and when
doctors went in to remove it, they found the cancer.
Chappel went through months of radiation and chemotherapy,
all while still working at Reed. Chappel scheduled her treatments for Fridays
so she could still be around the positive staff and students who kept her
spirits high during the difficult time.
“I didn’t want to take off. I would just worry about it,”
Chappel said. “It was easier for me to be around people. It helped me a whole
In February of this year, Chappel found out that she was
cancer free; however, her effort to raise awareness about the disease is
ongoing. Chappel will be participating in this year’s American Cancer Society’s
Best Southwest Cities Relay For Life event held at Duncanville High School’s
Relay For Life events are an opportunity to not only honor
cancer survivors and remember lost loved ones, but also to raise awareness
about what we can all do to stay healthy while raising research money to one
day put an end to cancer.
“American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s
largest movement to end cancer,” Mission Lead Gloria Lockhart said.“We want the community to walk with us to
honor our cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost in an atmosphere full
of hope, smiles, fun and excitement.”
The overnight fundraising walk begins at 7:00 pm, and will
feature laps for survivors, caregivers and teams, along with a Survivor Dinner
and Opening Ceremony. So far, 48 teams and 394 participants have signed up for
the May 20 fundraiser, but there is still time to join. To learn more about how
you can participate, click here.