Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Purple filled the room where residents came together this week to celebrate surviving cancer.

A dinner to celebrate local cancer survivors was held by the Relay for Life of Grayson County Tuesday at the Centre on Main.

The meal was donated by Farmer's Feedmill Restaurant, and Farmer's employees volunteered their time to work at the event. Desserts were donated by the Cumberland Presbyterian Relay for Life team; and Grayson County Middle School cheerleaders helped people carry food and drinks to their tables.

Survivors who have beaten cancer and those who are still fighting celebrated how far they have come in their journeys and remembered those who are no longer with us. Many citizens participated in the dinner, including Brenda Sims, who was the speaker for the evening.

Sims told the audience about her journey with breast cancer.

She is the youngest of seven, and cancer runs in her family. She said she did not wonder if she would get cancer; she wondered when she would get cancer. And, in 2009, less than a year after the death of her husband, she found out she had breast cancer,

Sims said that prayer, surgery, radiation treatments two times per day and chemotherapy pills helped her pull through, and she is currently cancer free and thankful to be able to tell her story.

Sims wants to make sure people know the importance of getting regular checkups, ultrasounds and mammograms. She also said that people should get together as often as they can because you never know what may happen.

She also said that cancer does not discriminate; you can be young or old and be diagnosed with it.

The Relay for Life of Grayson County will take place on June 21 at the Grayson County Middle School from 6 p.m. until midnight.