A reception was held Thursday night at the Grand Prariie Center to honor the many cancer survivors in the area.
There were 17 survivors who attended the Survivors’ Reception in a meet and greet atmosphere, which was hosted by the RSVP volunteers in Classroom C of the Grand Prairie Center. The room was donated by Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA)-Stuttgart campus.
“We are so glad that Relay for Life is back in Stuttgart,” Leslie Humphrey, community representative of the American Cancer Society, said. “This reception was very nice for the survivors.”
Relay for Life is a community event, which brings cancer awareness to communities across the country.
Carolyn Synco, a cancer survivor since 2010, said her beauty operator found a bump on the top of her head and urged Synco to make an appointment and go to the doctor.
“It turned out to be melanoma,” Synco said. “The cancer was caught and the doctor told me that my beauty operator saved my life.”
Earlier this year, Carolyn’s husband, Rex Synco, had a sore appear on his upper right arm. After a trip to the doctor Rex was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
“That sore just appeared over night,” Rex Synco said. “The doctor then sent me to Little Rock.”
Marie Duke, a cancer survivor, said she is very glad that Relay for Life is back and that the Survivor Reception was held again in Stuttgart.
Relay for Life in Stuttgart will be held from 6-9 p.m. tonight and will feature a Survivors’ Lap and a luminary ceremony at John Cain Park.