SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– The mission of the South Plainfield Middle School Cancer Awareness Club (CAC) is to raise awareness of different types of cancer, their causes and treatments available. Throughout the year, club members raise money for South Plainfield families affected by cancer and/or those who are in need of assistance.

Most recently, the CAC donated $350 to South Plainfield resident Andrea Seecharran and her family. Seecharran, a 14-year resident of the borough and mother of two, is currently battling stage 4 colon cancer.

Seecharran moved to South Plainfield from Brooklyn, NY in 2002. She and her husband, Adam, have a 5-year-old daughter Sayuri and a 4-year-old son Adam. In September 2012, doctors diagnosed Seecharran with stage 4 colon cancer. She has spent the past four years battling the disease and treatments include ongoing chemotherapy and radiation.

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“Please listen to your body. Be your own advocate. Early detection is the key to prevention. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, in some ugly sense it loves all of us. That is very disturbing but true,” said Seecharran adding, “I know my reality. I live one day at a time.”

Seecharran advises people to ‘appreciate everything and cherish the simple things in life [and] never take anything for granted. “It’s important to talk about these things. Never feel ashamed to share your feelings,” she said.

As a result of the treatments, Seecharran has lost her hair and the illness, she said, ‘messes with all emotions.’ Some days, it takes the strength of a million people to get her out of bed.

“It takes a toll on you in every way possible, but I have my two beautiful babies to focus on. I fight from them. I will never give up. I will continue to take my treatments as long as I can,” she said. “There are many things in life I still yet have to see and do. I want to make memories with my kids.  Show them how wonderful life is no matter what is thrown at you.”

Seecharran said she is lucky to have an amazing family and friends who are her support system and an extremely talented and gifted medical team.  “I’m a truly blessed to be here. I thank God for every waking morning. I have my good days and bad days,” she said, adding, “Thankfully, I have these two amazing little people to help me with that. I get my strength and courage from them,” she said.

“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I’m lucky to have such wonderful people who think about my family and me,” added Seecharran. “May God shower his blessing upon all of you. I wish you all a bright future. Stay strong and achieve those dreams.”

The South Plainfield Middle School Cancer Awareness Club meets once a week to discuss the cancer of the month and create educational and informational announcements to share with the student body and the teaching staff. The club is run by teachers Cheryl Hughes, health, and Melody Haggerty, geography, and includes approximately 35 students in seventh and eighth grade.

To find out more about the Cancer Awareness Club or to make a donation to Andrea Seecharran or the club, contact Cheryl Hughes at chughes@spboe.org.

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