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Sisters share hope with mother at Relay for Life in Billings

BILLINGS – The survivors lap at Yellowstone Relay For Life saw hundreds of cancer survivors and those still battling the disease take to the track Friday.

The survivors were provided dinner before they hit the Billings West High track. The dinner is a chance for survivors to meet with others who have fought cancer.

“It’s awesome,” said survivor Dona Dillman. “You get to meet a lot of new people. You sit with people who have actually went through cancer like you did, if not worse. They understand and are very supportive.”

Five members of Dillman’s family have battled cancer. She was at Relay For Life with sister Shelly Sanders and mother Clara Mastvelten, both survivors.

Left to right: Shelly Sanders, Clara Mastvelten, Dona Dillman.

“I just look at all the survivors,” Sanders said. “It makes you thankful that there are so many survivors.”

Dillman added, “I mean, there are people in wheelchairs that are going around the lap. So it doesn’t hurt us to even walk.”

Sanders said she is thankful to be walking in the survivors lap, and she’s going to get the family back to Relay For Life in Billings next year.

Mitch Lagge

Mitch Lagge

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