Remembering Sheryl Lee Suchand - Johnson's Legacy
As you may know, Sheryl went home to our Lord on October 7th after losing a long battle with stage four breast cancer. On November 7th and 8th her funeral will be held and the family ask that in lieu of flowers, etc you consider making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in her name.
Since Sheryl's diagnoses in 2000, it was our hope that a cure would be found in time to save Sheryl and others from this terrible disease. It didn't happen, and cancer returned in March 2016 as stage four. As we traveled down that treatment road for her last 42 months we always had hope. First for a cure, and lastly just for one more day to be with one another. During this time, at City of Hope, we saw the hurt and pain cancer causes as most often treatment is limited to slowing down its advancement and not for a cure. Since there is no cure for stage four breast cancer. However, our journey was truely special and it was Sheryl's determination that she would live long enough for her grandchildren to remember her love for them and that of life. Not once did Sheryl ever give up the fight, not for a minute (even when she had chemo every month if not weekly for over three years) and thus she was able to live long enough for Rylee to know and love her; but, McKenzee's time was cut way to short. During this period, it was her wish that we carry on her fight against cancer so that that the lives others would not be cut short due to breast cancer.
Our lives have been so blessed by Sheryl's spirit for living, love of family, and always thinking and putting others first. Over the years, Ashlee and I did many cancer fundraiser walks with Sheryl to help raise funds for the fight against cancer. In October 2018, Sheryl attended her last cancer event and even did part of the walk in a wheelchair. It was a special time as she could no longer walk but went to support the cause. Even when her health failed, she was a blessing to be near her. Never once was she not a joy to be around. This year, Sheryl lost her battle with cancer a week before the that event we attended last year. Ashlee formed a team in her honor and for the first time Sheryl was not physically with us. However her loving spirit was and it touched all of us. From the beginning these events had a special meaning to her and us, and we will continue to do them in Sheryl's name for the cause. In November, Ashlee and I will raised the flag at the Susan G Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk event and then do the walk to support the cause. This much I know, Sheryl will be with us to support us, the cause and others during their fight. Even when Sheryl realized that a cure was not forthcoming for her, she did not give up, held onto life, and was at peace. She left us so much, and we can help her to continue the fight against cancer by making a donation to her Legacy fund so to help find a cure so that others may live. Research provides hope that a cure will be found. While Sheryl went home, she has not given up on her fight that this war can be won. You can support Sheryl's fight by making a donation to her Legacy fund.
Susan G. Komen funds more breakthrough research than any other breast cancer non-profit, while providing lifesaving support to millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide, so patients can live better lives, and longer. They provide fact-based information to empower people to make informed health decisions, while ensuring that all people have access to quality screening, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. They advocate for government funding of critical patient support while creating a community that unites and supports everyone affected by breast cancer.
Having been on this journey with Sheryl the above services are critical to those in need. With your help, a cure will be found so others do not have to travel this road. We are so grateful for all the past Susan G Komen event fund raiser support. However, a legacy fund will honor Sheryl's name while still supporting the fight against cancer. And be a reminder to her family that she was a special daughter, sister, wife, mother, step mother, nana, and true friend. We thank you.
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