MOSELLE, MS. (WDAM) - Suzanne Cook is from the Columbia area and her sister, Carol Moree lives in Sumrall. Both women know the heartbreaking impact cancer has on a family.
Cook said, "Our mother had leukemia, plasma cell leukemia and daddy had colorectal cancer."
The ladies lost their mother to the illness in November 2008, forty days after her diagnosis. Their father passed away in May 2009.
"The day she died, he had come in from chemo and radiation treatment and was able to get to the hospital and then she passed," said Moree.
Both sisters participated in their communities "Relay for Life" before their parents' diagnosis but now the cause has added meaning.
Moree said, "My dad made it through Relay last year, he was a survivor and this year he's not. But I'm still going to Relay because you never know, I mean we may be able to help somebody."
Moree and Cook said when their father had an operation at Oschner Hospital in New Orleans, family members stayed at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge. The facility provides housing for patients and their families free of charge.
The sisters encourage all Pine Belt citizens to support the work of the American Cancer Society by getting involved with their county's Relay for Life.