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Cancer survivors honored by local veterans services organization | Herald of Copperas Cove

For the second year in a row and in honor of June being National Cancer Survivors Month, local veterans services organization Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans hosted a luncheon for cancer survivors. The event, which took place last Saturday, allowed several survivors to tell their stories.

“It means a lot to be able to listen to these cancer survivors and their stories. We are happy to take the time to honor these survivors,” said John Cook, who sits on the organization’s advisory board and leads the coordination of events for cancer survivors.

Cancer survivors and/or fighters Julie Moser, Audra Hill and Barbara Mims all spoke to attendees about when they were first diagnosed, how they lived with the disease and their current condition.

Moser was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2013. She had to undergo a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

“When I found out, my world rocked and they give you so much information, and it’s scary,” she said. “(I asked) how am I going to work, how am I going to feed my children? Fortunately, my husband was able to come home and be with me for the next two and a half years.

After seven years in remission, Moser said he found another lump. She went to the doctor and learned that he had returned.

“I went through treatment and now I’m living,” she said.

Moser, along with Jen Reynolds, co-founded Pink Warrior Angels, a 501c3 nonprofit that helps provide financial assistance to those diagnosed with cancer and provides support for their families.

“Being part of something that also helps cancer survivors goes without saying how amazing our community is,” said Moser.

Audra Hill is a US Air Force veteran and battles cancer.

Hill went to the doctor because his back was really hurting, and the doctor did many tests, including checking his prostate, and found an oversized prostate. Hill was given another appointment, and it was during this meeting that Hill was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

Hill said it was the worst feeling he had ever had.

“I didn’t know what to do, my heart went out, my mouth went out,” he said. “God blessed me to be here, and I thank God all the time.”

Hill, who is a member of the organization, said he was honored to be part of the luncheon.

“Being honored like this lets me know that people still care, and it lets me know that I’m not alone, and that other people have had similar experiences with cancer and it gives you peace of mind. feel like part of something special.”