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Relay for Life survivors and caregivers leading the walk during a past event / Laura Austin File Photo

Cancer survivors – hope shines here: Relay for Life Oct. 8

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Tera Moorhead–

 Getting the diagnosis of cancer is something you never want to hear but hearing the words “Cancer Free” brings hope that shines on every part of your life. 

This year the Relay for Life Ridgecrest Survivor Committee wants to invite all cancer survivors to come together to continue to support, encourage, and connect with one another. 

Pam Zurn and Paula Welsh are the co-chairs for Relay for Life Survivors this year. 

Zurn has lived in the community since 5th grade, when her parents moved to Ridgecrest. She has been married for 41 years and has three kids and six grandkids. “In the summer of 2018, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. I had nine tumors on my brain. The surgeon removed the largest tumor and I received radiation for another one. Every other week, for two years, I received immunotherapy infusions and within the first six months the remaining tumors were gone! My miracle! I am Cancer free! My journey has been something I like to share. I’m so happy to be co-chair for Relay for Life-Survivors with Paula. Hope Shines here.”

Welsh has also lived in Ridgecrest for most of her life. “I really appreciate this close-knit and unique desert community. My husband and I have three grown children and a freshman at Burros. In 2016, I was diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST.) It was located above my stomach and was removed surgically. Unfortunately, it had a high growth rate so my oncologist recommended oral chemo every day for three years. It has been six years since my diagnosis and I am happy to say I am cancer free. I am grateful for the opportunity to be co-chair for Relay for Life-Survivors with my dear friend Pam.

“We would love to meet other Cancer survivors. Please join us for a Survivor Soirée on Wednesday, September 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm at the USO Building (230 W Ridgecrest Blvd).” Appetizers and drinks will be served.” 

RSVP Paula 760-608-1124 The Ridgecrest Relay for Life will be held October 8th, 9am -midnight at Leroy Jackson Park Sports Complex. 

For more information and to register as a cancer survivor visit .