Locals fight back against cancer

MASON CITY, Iowa – Teresa Shaw along with Justin Anderson and Mark Ponto are part of a mission called Above And Beyond Cancer.

It’s a partnership with the American Cancer Society.

In January, they’ll fly to Africa to work at a hospital, building a healing garden and children’s playroom.

They’ll then be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro having their very own Relay for Life at the top of the mountain.

“I used to sit on the sidelines and say oh I wish I would’ve done that or I wish I would’ve gone out and done that, but now after being diagnosed with cancer and being a survivor, it’s like ‘I’m going to do that,’” says Shaw.

“For me it’s pushed me quite a bit physically definitely to get outside of my comfort zone and they say that’s one of the causes of cancer that we’re just aren’t active enough, and I think the stuff that we do with Above And Beyond Cancer inspires people to get out there and keep moving,” says Anderson.

“I think for the caregivers on the trip and the cancer survivors, it gives them a perspective about life and survivorship and the blessings of each day I think that we have when you look at the care that’s available in other countries,” says Ponto, radiation therapist.

Their trip is from Jan. 2-15.

To learn more about the mission and to find out how you can help, you can visit www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org


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