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Third time would not be a charm for cancer survivor

Twice is enough for Cheryl Morgan.The Rifle resident is a two-time survivor of breast cancer and does not want to go through the treatment process a third time. So she will walk round and round the Rifle High School track in her 15th Rifle Area Relay For Life Friday night and Saturday morning."I'm still relaying because we have to find a cure," Morgan said. "This is something that pops up anywhere and anytime. I didn't have any risk factors at all and I got it. It's just a hideous thing."Morgan's cancer was diagnosed in remission in 2002, but it returned in 2008. She's in remission again and the desire to avoid a third time motivates her to fight back."We have to throw money, lots and lots of money, toward research," Morgan said. "It's the only way to get this thing handled. That's why I think the American Cancer Society does so much good" with the moneys raised by relay events worldwide.Morgan said she participated in the first Rifle relay 15 years ago, well before her first diagnosis. That event had three teams and two sponsors, she recalled. A few years ago, the Rifle Relay raised some $130,000, Morgan added."They're all meaningful," she said of each relay she's taken part in over the years. "Even when I wasn't personally affected by cancer, I have family members and friends. We all know someone who's been affected by it."The Rifle Area Relay For Life web site lists 139 participants for this year's event, 14 teams and $34,560 raised, as of Monday, for the American Cancer Society.Team members take turns walking around the track throughout the night, with music, games and other activities. The public is welcome to attend and participate."You know you're there helping someone in some small way," Morgan said of participating in the event. "And part of the money stays in the local area, to help someone who needs help with treatment, counseling or even wigs" through the American Cancer Society."It just makes you feel good and right about it," Morgan added. "And it's a whole community. We have people from Parachute and Silt and we've had a big team from New Castle in the past. We all have a common ground.""Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back" are each relay's rallying points, Morgan said."They're making strides every day," she noted. "They make strides in research toward finding cures for certain types of cancers and that's what we have to keep doing. I want a cure the next time, instead of this remission stuff."

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