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VIDEO: Five breast cancer survivors share the moment they rang the bell and ended chemotherapy

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 13:19:33-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This month, #BuffaloStrong is turning pink to support breast cancer research, prevention and support. We're sharing the stories of five survivors who were able to "ring the bell" at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, ending their chemotherapy.

Dani from Varysburg

Dani was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer a month before her 35th birthday. On her birthday, she had her first chemotherapy treatment. Dani rang the bell in January 2018. Every year she's clear of cancer, she puts a pink Buffalo on her lawn. She's hoping for three this January.

Ashley Hardy

Ashley Hardy was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old, back when she was Ashley Johnston. We shared her story in 2018. Ashley's husband took her back to the bell at Roswell Park to propose.

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Mike Hardy proposes to Ashley Johnston at Roswell Park in 2018.

Casey LaFlair from Lockport

Casey LaFlair was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2019, with no family history. She completed chemotherapy in December and had a double mastectomy in January. She has this advice for people currently fighting cancer: "don't lose yourself in a cancer diagnosis. You are still you."

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Casey LaFlair finished chemotherapy in December.

Stacie Marcucci

Stacie Marcucci was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer when she was 34 years old. After 16 rounds of chemotherapy, she rang the bell in November 2019. Stacie had 28 rounds of radiation. She has her third and hopefully final breast reconstruction surgery soon.

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Stacie Marcucci rings the bell at Roswell Park, surrounded by family.

Mary Clark

Mary Clark was diagnosed with breast cancer at 65 years old, in 2008. She was diagnosed again in 2019. The two-time survivor says the most important treatment she had was the support of her family and friends. She says, "if you think something is wrong, don't ignore it."

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Mary Clark and her family

You can help more people ring the bell in Western New York when you #Give7 to the American Cancer Society. Here's how:

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  • Buy a #BuffaloStrong t-shirt or hoodie and $7 (100% of proceeds) goes to FeedMore WNY.
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