2017-04-19 / News

WHY I RELAY

Liz Banks Knight shares her story
By Diana Royal


Liz Knight and her son Banks Liz Knight and her son Banks (Editor’s note: This is a three-part series featuring stories from committee members, survivors and caretakers who all share one common goal: finding a cure for cancer. This story is part two in the series.)

July 2015.

That’s when breast cancer got personal for Liz Knight.

A lump led to a mammogram and a sonogram and then to some grim advice.

“I knew immediately it was cancer after the radiologist told me that I needed to see a surgeon that day and not wait the two weeks until my appointment,” Liz says, adding that the surgeon performed a biopsy and by the day’s end unofficially confirmed the cancer invading her body.

“I didn’t really feel much because I was in shock and kind of numb,” she says. And when the biopsy came back a few days later confirming it was definitely cancer, Liz immediately became a fighter.

“The first thing I said to my surgeon was ‘What are we going to do about it?’ I had to keep it in my mind to stay positive and to have a good attitude,” she says.

Her journey began almost immediately. She met with her oncologist, and together they decided on the best course of action. Liz had a port put in and began an extensive 16-week chemo course, receiving treatments every two weeks. Then came the surgery – Liz rang in the new year recovering from a double mastectomy. Twentyfive radiation treatments would follow.

After a little over a year in remission, Liz has had more reconstruction surgeries but is still not done.

“But the finish line is near,” she says, recalling those dark days where she didn’t have a good attitude. “I always tried to remain positive. I was not handed a death sentence and I didn’t want to think that way. I kept telling myself that the bad days will pass … My son was and is my biggest supporter. His smile every morning and his hugs kept me going. I wanted to show him that no matter what life hands you, you can be strong and fight back. I cannot thank my doctors, nurses, family, friends and the community for their love and support. It takes a village to beat cancer.”

Liz not only Relays for herself, she Relays for her family and friends who have battled and are stilling battling cancer. “If I can help anyone else through this difficult time then I will be honored,” she says. “Strangers helped me and prayed for me and I want to pay it forward.”

When: Saturday, April 29, from 3 to 10 p.m.
Where: Burke County High School football stadium
Goal: $65,000
Theme: Heroes of Hope

UPCOMING EVENTS

Food Drive

The Relay committee needs 2,000 cans. All canned food will be donated to food banks in Burke County. Cans may be dropped off at First National bank (either the main branch or the Sixth Street location) at Southern Bank’s Waynesboro location, also located on Sixth Street, and at Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. on Liberty Street. Donations are being accepted now until the main event.

Color Run

The Cancer Slayers first ever Color Run will be held Saturday, April 22, at the Southern Bank Pavilion on Liberty Street in Waynesboro. Warm-up starts at 9 a.m. with the race, a one-mile fun run/walk, following at 9:30. Call Kim or Crystal at 706.554.7756 or stop by the bank for more information or to register.

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