Cancer survivor promotes Relay event

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Cancer survivor and Mexia High School secretary Pat Crowder answers the constantly ringing telephone in her office, decorated to reflect her effusive personality – with her beloved Elvis on every wall, colorful streamers from the ceiling, and teddy bears and coffee mugs everywhere. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

“Good morning, Mexia High School! It’s a great day to be a Blackcat!” says the cheery voice on the telephone.

Mexia High School secretary Pat Crowder’s positive outlook as she goes about her daily tasks at work reflects to those around her, belying her current cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Doctors first discovered she had breast cancer more than eight years ago, in the spring of 2004. She underwent a lumpectomy in September of that year, followed by months of chemotherapy and radiation. By June 2005, she was said to be free of the disease.
This past March, however, she saw a doctor about some problems she was having with her voice and got some bad news.

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