CLARK—Clark resident Sheree Pask, the featured speaker at the Relay for Life in Bridgwater, shared her ironic story.
Her relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS) began more than 10 years ago when her son Matt was a freshman at the Arthur L. Johnson High School. As an active officer in his high school Key Club, Matt brought home a video on Relay for Life, an annual all night walk to raise money for cancer research. After watching it, the mother and son duo knew that this charity was indeed something he should bring to his school.
Matt and his high school key club members and advisers set goals for the Relay for Life that year and surpassed them. Sheree and her husband Ron became the all night chaperones every year, pitching a tent and becoming the watchful eye over the teens in the club who helped raise thousands of dollars for ACS. Little did Mrs. Pask, a volunteer for this activity, know that “cancer” would become an all too familiar word in her own life.
Facing a battle with Multiple Myeloma, a little known form of cancer, and after two stem cell procedures, Mrs. Pask has become an even greater advocate for Relay for Life. Instead of camping out all night long as a chaperone with the ALJ Key Club members, she has become a speaker for Relay for Life. Sharing her story with Bridgewater’s Relay for Life in May, she told of what she refers to as her “cancer journey.”
“So now,” she said as a cancer survivor, “I choose to use Relay for Life, just like you, for the support and strength that it gives me to help fight this horrible disease. I have found the American Cancer Society to be a valuable resource when I reached out to their supportive staff for information about my disease,” she explained.
Sheree Pask, whose cancer is in remission, joined the other hundreds of walkers that night for the survivor lap at the Bridgewater Relay for Life and vowed to continue her personal fight against the disease.
Friends and relatives surround Sheree Pask of Clark, center, minutes before she delivered an inspirational address to the Relay for Life participants in Bridgewater in late May. “Let’s use this Relay for Life to help us win our battle to make words like ‘Myeloma’ and ‘cancer’ be words of by-gone days,” she told the walkers. The local walk to raise money for American Cancer Society will come to Clark’s ALJ High School track on June 11.
Clark resident Ron Pask gives his wife Sheree Pask a congratulatory kiss after she delivered an inspirational speech to the Relay for Life participants at the Duke Estate in Bridgewater in late May. Mrs. Pask, a cancer survivor, was a longtime over-night chaperone of the ALJ Key Club students at the local Relay for Life when her son Matt was the Key Club president and the person who introduced the school to the fundraising walk.
Photos by Susan Dougherty
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