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City Wide Yard Sale, Valliant 580-933-5050


Red Slough Birding Convention, Idabel


Kiamichi Independent Bikers Spring Rally & Bike Show Idabel, 580-212-6949 Mother’s Day


Mr. Crappie Fishing Tourney Hugo Lake, 580-326-7511


19-20 Beavers Bend Rod Run & Cool Cars, 580-584-3393


AARP Defensive Driving Class CEC office, Hugo


Valliant Homecoming Memorial Day


Hugo PRCA Rodeo 580-317-3822


Hugo PRCA Rodeo


Hugo Homecoming & Fire Truck Parade


Mike Armes Memorial Bass Tournament


OK Free Wheel Run, Idabel Ft. Towson Homecoming


Owachito-Festival of the Forest, Broken Bow


Juneteenth Celebration Cora Lee Park, Hugo Father’s Day


Boswell Homecoming


Birthday Greetings to CEC Employees


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Joe Penson


Clint Leathers Jason Hicks


n January 2006 Sherry Duncan noticed a lump in her abdomen while playing with her daughter. “I went to see my doctor; I thought I’d pulled a muscle or had a hernia,” she recalls.


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A few days later, the Rattan High School teacher was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I had never even heard of non Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” she recalled. “All I knew is that I had just heard one of the most frightening words in the English language—cancer.”


Devastated and in shock, Duncan found herself thinking of her mother, who died from pancreatic cancer when Ducan was just five months old. “I now had three young children of my own and I desperately wanted to be around to be a mother to them,” she said.


Many dark days followed her diagnosis as Duncan struggled to come to grips with her new reality. After eight rounds of chemotherapy and a brief remission, the cancer returned in December 2007.


Her doctors recommended more chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant using Duncan’s own stem cells. Her stem cells were collected at the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI)in Oklahoma City. “Being a science teacher, I always ask a lot of questions, but they thoroughly explained things to me and helped ease my fears,” she recalled.


During the summer of 2008, Duncan spent 23 days in OU Medical Center fighting the disease for the second time. This hospital stay required numerous blood transfusions. By October, she was once again in remission. She remained cancer free until July of 2012.


“My doctors told me that this time I would need a transplant using stem cells from a donor,” Duncan said.


The OBI began searching for a donor. Meanwhile, a local blood drive was organized at the school with a sign-up sheet for stem cell donors. “We had a record turnout and I received almost 100 blood credits,” she said.


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Saved by Blood Local teacher lives because


of blood donations.


“We also had around 20 people sign up as stem cell donors.”


Several other locations near Rattan held blood drives for Duncan and she received an additional 51 credits.


Last December, Duncan had her second stem cell transplant. “My donor was a 22-year-old young man who made the decision to sign up,” she said. “This young man whom I’ve never met made a decision to save a stranger’s life.”


Duncan spent nearly 30 days in the hospital and received several transfusions of red blood cells and platelets. She was discharged from the hospital the Saturday before Christmas, and is now teaching again at Rattan.


Through her battle, she has come to realize certain truths. “God opened my eyes to what is truly important in life. Without the OBI and the people who donate blood and stem cells, I wouldn’t be here.”


Sherry Duncan shares her personal experience to encourage others to donate blood. The OBI will host the First Annual All American Blood Drive on July 10 at Kiamichi Technology Center in Hugo. Make an appointment to give blood at the drive by visiting www.obi.org, or call Shana Wood, 580-559-0423, or Guy Dale, 800-780-6496.


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