“Devasted, really devastated.” That’s how Shirley LaFollette felt when she learned on February 3rd that she has breast cancer.” Two days later LaFollette’s daughter, Becky, gave her mother happier news; Becky was expecting a baby, LaFollette’s first grandchild.
“We’ve been having our share of joy and tears lately, that’s for sure” LaFollette said, her eyes beginning to tear. “I’ve got a lot to live for.”
LaFollette and daughter Becky White were doing a brisk sale of home-made baked goods on Friday morning. Folding tables set-up in front of the Bank of Clarke County in Berryville were loaded with cookies, pies and brownies, all baked the previous evening. The bake sale proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser.
Relay For Life is an international movement to end cancer. Local efforts join with events around the globe in a worldwide movement to end cancer.
Most cancer survivors say that family support is a very important part of fighting any disease, but especially cancer. Long days spent in hospital treatment centers, side-effects from chemotherapy and weakness during the healing process are all common ailments during the battle with cancer. Having plenty of help and support is critical to making a full recovery.
For LaFollette, family support isn’t a problem. At times, LaFollette’s baked-goods sale appeared more like a family reunion than a fundraiser.
First of all, Lafollette, along with three brothers and two sisters, was raised in Clarke County. She and her husband own and operate Family Run Refuse Service, a waste removal company operating in Clarke and Frederick Counties. LaFollette’s sister, Cheryl Tavener, and two nephews stopped by during the bake sale to show support and offer a warm hug. LaFollette’s mother-in-law, Mary LaFollette, a six-year lymphoma survivor, was also there at her daughter-in-law’s side.
Fortunately LaFollette’s cancer was diagnosed early. Her treatment will include three chemotherapy sessions followed by 15 weeks of radiation. So far she still feels good, well enough, in fact to have worked until 2:00am this morning baking things to sell.
And speaking of support, daughter Becky was at her mom’s side the whole time. The two are baking and fighting cancer together.