PARKLAND, FL- Cancer is a disease that desperately needs a cure. Ashley McMahon of Parkland knows this first hand. McMahon has lost two people to the ravaging disease as an adult, and she is stepping up to fight it through Relay for Life.

As a young adult, McMahon lived in Vail, Colorado, and witnessed cancer take the life of one of her dear friends. Her friend group on the slopes in Vail was torn apart when an otherwise healthy male, Jeff, needed to get checked out for experiencing headaches. The local doctor in Vail sent him to Denver, where Jeff was diagnosed with brain cancer. Within a year, Ashley's friend Jeff had passed away. A completely unexpected loss in an otherwise healthy young adult. 

Even more personal and impactful for McMahon was seeing her seemingly healthy mother diagnosed out of the blue with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014. Ashley's mother, Beth, was tremendously healthy. She did not smoke. She was fit and she was very active physically. And yet, 15 months later, Beth passed away from her battle with lung cancer.

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As a result and a response to losing two people in her young adult life, Ashley decided to get involved with Relay for Life. As captain of the Riverglades Elementary and Parkland Unites Relay for Life team, Ashley has been working to raise support. Riverglades’ Coins for Cure drive and Doughnuts for Donation fundraisers have already raised thousands in support of Relay for Life. 

"I am completely overwhelmed with the love and support of my friends and family and the overall support of everyone involved with the Parkland Unites team. We expect to see a lot of people popping by to hang out and walk April 6th. The Theme is 'Imagine a World without Cancer.' What a beautiful world that would be. Unfortunately everyone has been touched by cancer and it is a very difficult thing to wrap your head around." added McMahon.

The Relay for Life of Parkland and Coral Springs event is Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Sportsplex at Coral Springs. McMahon and her team invite you to join them as they walk in memory of those who lost their lives to cancer and in honor of those currently battling the disease. 

For more information about Relay for Life, please visit http://www.relayforlife.org/parklandandcoralspringsfl