The American Cancer Society Named Candy Jacobson a Hero of Hope, Class of 2017.
But, Candy says she is only another warrior, continuing a family fight against cancer.
"I was stunned to receive this great honor. Most recipients are survivors, but I was just a caregiver," Candy says.
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"My husband and I started making the American Cancer Society our choice for donations many years ago when we saw how much they helped both my dad and mom during dad's last fight with lung cancer," Candy said.
"When Polk County started Relay for Life in 2001, I joined a team to walk for my family, which by then included my dad and my grandparents."
Then Candy's husband, Steve, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011: just four weeks before their son's wedding.
"He was given up to one year to live, but being stubborn and a fighter, he made it to see our only son get married," says Candy. "It was a proud moment for us all. He fought on, but five weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he died.”
Today, Candy's entire family is involved in Relay for Life.
"My son, my daughter-in-law who lost her mom two years after Steve died from cancer, and my two granddaughters are in the fight as volunteers with me for both Relay for Life and Bark for Life. My son, a computer whiz, keeps the team fund-raising totals, while my granddaughters cheer me on."
By volunteering together, Candy and her family continue the legacy of dear family members lost with the hope that other families will enjoy long and healthy lives together.
Yes, Candy. You really are a Hero of Hope.