By Kirk Starratt
Love is the best cure for anything in the world, Lloyd Cogswell says.
The Baxter’s Harbour man led the survivors’ lap June 21 at the Kentville Relay for Life.
Cogswell said it’s great to see the level of support shown to those stricken with the disease at the Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser.
“The biggest healer in the world is love and support,” he said at Memorial Park.
Cogswell was shocked to be diagnosed five years ago with lung cancer - just one month after being married. His first prayer was to ask God to keep his wife in his heart. He said he would accept it was his time, but he asked God not let him suffer and to use him however he could to help others.
“His love gets you through it,” Cogswell said. “I’ve just been so fortunate.”
After five operations, 28 weeks of chemotherapy and 10 radiation treatments, he has been cancer free for about three and a half years now. Cogswell has had a lung, two ribs and 16 lymph nodes removed. Later, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor doctors said was inoperable. However, he had that removed with a new medical procedure.
“In the five procedures that I had, I didn’t have enough pain to take a Tylenol,” Cogswell said. “I had drugs for the first couple of days of my operations, but, other than that, I had no follow-up.”
He has gone back to work and has ridden his Harley Davidson at every opportunity. Cogswell thanks God and the doctors and nurses who cared for him for still being here. He has an appointment Aug. 21 and, if he’s still cancer-free, he won’t have to go back for another year.
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Canadian Cancer Society Valley-South Shore district co-ordinator Ashlyn Sulis said the money raised through Relay for Life helps the society fund research, provide support services, advocate for public policy to reduce cancer risk and improve quality of life for those like Cogswell who suffer from the disease. Sulis said she couldn’t be prouder of the Kentville organizing committee and all the volunteers for their efforts.
“Everyone has a connection to cancer and everyone has a reason to Relay,” she said. “Together, we are making a difference.”
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By the numbers…
- As of June 22, Kentville Relay for Life unofficially raised $80,000. There were 900 Luminaries sold.
- The top fundraising teams were the Grant Thornton Wildcats and Sobeys Cancer Crushers, tied at $7,600.
- There were 32 teams registered with 263 participants overall.
- Relay for Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s single biggest fundraiser, bringing in $51 million across Canada last year.
- Relay for Life raised $2.5 million across Nova Scotia in 2012.