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Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - When doctors told Lisa Rucker she had less than a year to live, shock overwhelmed her. 

"I went totally numb. I went numb and I immediately started thinking about my family," Rucker said.

In her 30s, Rucker never imagined the callous-looking bump on her ring finger could actually be melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

"They said, no, you really need to get your affairs in order and that's when, you know, we just stopped and tried to figure out how to save my life," she said.

Instead of letting the term terminal scare her, Rucker made it motivate her, along with the support of her husband and six kids. Just two days after her diagnosis, she underwent an extensive biochemotherapy treatment. Five months later, Rucker defied the odds when doctors told her she was cancer-free.

"It saved my life," Rucker said.

It's because of people, like Rucker, that Sparrow Hospital held Sunday's 19th annual picnic, celebrating cancer survivors.

"We really focus on what's ahead and that there's life after a cancer diagnosis," said Theresa Pruder, the manager of the Sparrow Cancer Center.

Sunday afternoon hundreds of cancer survivors and their supporters came together to honor life.

"This is a party. It's not attached to something sad. This is a party that we're still here," Rucker said.

Sunday's celebration was full of music, food, carnival games and the unifying tie survivors all share: beating cancer.

"It proved that nobody could put a date on us," Rucker said.

Now, Rucker said she lives every day to the fullest as a six year cancer survivor.

For more information on the Sparrow Cancer Center, visit its website.

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