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Attention everyone. Get inspired and make a difference

Posted on: January 29, 2010

“I’m putting together a book that will chronicle some of the local stories of cancer survivors and those who are no longer with us.”   Mark Townsend is talking about his book project to raise money for the Cherokee County Relay for Life.  He is looking for local stories about cancer experiences, whether personal or stories of loved ones and friends.

And best of all, you don’t have to be a writer – you just have to put down your memories.

These are the reasons Mark Townsend is compiling this book: his wife, daughters, and son.

Townsend is the Associate Editor of the Cherokee Scout in Murphy, North Carolina.  But that’s not all.  He’s a loving husband, a doting father, and he’s a cancer survivor.

One of his heroes is the late North Carolina State University basketball coach, Jimmy Valvano, who offered an inspiration for living as well as for writing in a speech he gave two months before he died from cancer.

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day … You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy … If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.”

Townsend has some stories already but he needs more. “I want to include all the stories we tell each other about our family and friends and their battles with cancer” he promises. 

Get inspired and send your story to


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