Volunteers Take Cancer Celebration Bell on the Road
The traveling bell helps cancer survivors celebrate with each other, wherever they are!
Lots of women and men are able to experience the joy of ringing a Celebration Bell when they complete their final round of treatment for cancer. But many others don't get to celebrate in that way because their cancer treatment facility doesn't have a bell.
This weekend, a group of breast cancer survivors got that chance -- and shed a few tears -- when the group Another Shoulder brought their traveling celebration bell to the Breast Cancer Awareness Bash at an American Legion Auxiliary in Hookstown, a small community just west of Pittsburgh.
You may remember Another Shoulder from our previous stories, about how the founder Larry Bridges raises money to buy bells and donates them to treatment facilities that don't have one.
Larry is a cancer surivovr himself, and feels it's his calling to help other suvivors celebrate life and give hope to those still battling. "This is a celeebration of life, a celebration of hope," he told the survivors. "Each survivor is a beacon of hope."
"When that doctor tells you you have cancer it's not the end. It's the beginnig of another journey!"
So far Another Shoulder has given away 25 bells and plans to give more until every treatment center or clinic that wants one has one. Larry will also take the group's traveling bell just about anywhere in the Pittsburgh region if you'd like to meet him to ring it. "I'll meet you at McDonalds," he joked. E-mail Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in having him and the Celebration Bell visit you or your group!