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WE’RE JUST AS RELIABLE, WITHOUT THE DROOL. — ASK ABOUT — Lennox® Rebates! www.riversac.net • 912-537-8490 201 5th Avenue, Vidalia, GA 30474 30 years of quality service “Whatever it takes” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 487 0 T oTomombsb Cs oCuonutnyt yM Magaagzaizniene In January 2015, Bernice learned that cancer had returned for a third time. “This time it was in my chest walls.” She had to stay overnight in the hospital in Augusta, Georgia, to remove cancer cells, she explained, almost with apology for missing a few days of work. “But I didn’t stop performing any of my duties,” she added. “My doctors were Dr. Byrnes and Dr. Kline here in Vidalia, where I began chemotherapy for the third time.” However, due to the location of the cancer in her chest wall, it was strongly recommended that she take radiation this time. By September, she had completed 38 rounds of treatments. In January 2016, Bernice turned 70-years-old. As I looked over the list of her many accomplishments, I wondered if perhaps she was wrong. Perhaps Bernice Stokes is Superwoman after all. With her third round of cancer treatments behind her, she continues to work at the Toombs County Alternative School and at the Toombs County DUI School, Inc. as owner and director. Bernice has become a strong advocate for breast cancer screening and a mentor to many, especially women of color. In fact, her encouragement to seek medical attention has actually saved more than a few lives. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women….Many of these deaths could be avoided if breast cancer screening rates increased among women at risk.” “Breast cancer affects men as well as women,” said Bernice. “I was relieved when the BRCA gene test came back negative. At least it’s not something I have to worry about for my sons and grandchildren.” While the genetics we pass on may be beyond our control, the legacy we leave is not. Bernice Stokes continues to demonstrate that we can all grow and learn no matter what our age may be. With her many degrees and years of service in our community, her lifelong love of learning is a story to inspire us all. ��TCM In the face of a heating and cooling emergency, consider us your new best friend. We’ll go to great lengths to make you comfortable and happy. GA Reg. CN 3415 ©2016 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox Dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. Visit www.riversac.net for specials and coupons. And be sure to ask about our Lennox rebates! from To subscribe, email reddoordesign01@gmail.com


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