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Giving cancer a run for the money

September 09, 2000

Jenna Bordelon

BURBANK -- An extended trip abroad after college changed Sherilyn

Canady's outlook on life forever.

"My two years in Europe far surpassed my college education in terms of

survival skills," the Burbank resident said. "What I realized is that I

was very lucky."

"What was really important to me was my health and my support system,"

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she said.

In her position as coordinator of the City of Hope Walk For Life

Against Breast Cancer, Canady uses anything but luck to push for money to

fund needed research.

Although she doesn't have breast cancer herself, many of her friends

and co-workers are battling the disease. Eventually, one in 10 women

will, she said.

Canady's best friend was diagnosed in 1991.

"She was there for me completely," said Linda Sanserino, a former

Burbank resident. "She was always looking for new information and new

resources for me, and she still does that."

Sanserino is now cancer-free following a lumpectomy at Providence St.

Joseph Medical Center in 1991. She said she feels fortunate for the help

she received and she urged other women to question their doctors and get

checked often.

"The most important thing is that it's not a death sentence," she

said.

So far, more than 1,000 people have signed up for the walk on Sunday.

Canady said she hopes the event will raise about $500,000 for women with

breast cancer.

"They're struggling -- they're fighting for their lives," she said.

"The more I do this work, the more I see how important it is to raise

money for this issue."

THE SHERILYNN CANADY FILE

JOB: Development director for City of Hope National Medical Center for

past nine years.

AGE: 57

SCHOOLING: Graduate of Westchester High School. Received a bachelor's

degree in criminology from Cal State Long Beach.

HOBBIES: Gardening, reading and entering her Rottweilers in American

Kennel Club obedience competitions.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: City of Hope National Medical Center's Walk For Hope Against

Breast Cancer with 10K, 5K and Leisure walks, as well as a 5K run.

WHEN: Sunday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The walk starts at 9 a.m.

A festival will follow from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: City of Hope Campus, 1500 E. Duarte Road in Duarte.

WHY: The walks and run will raise money for breast cancer research.

HOW: Participants ask family and friends to sponsor their walk or run.

Those interested can join the day of the event for $30. Arrive early.

INFO: (800) 266-7920.

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