Cancer strikes, flower power fights back

It's enough to make any momma proud. When 79-year old Mary Bross of Palmyra was diagnosed with breast cancer about a dozen years ago, her children stepped up to fight. They've been battling since.

Mark Bross and his siblings organized a Relay for Life event that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. This from a community of about 3,400 people.

"It always amazes me how much support we get," Bross said. "It's actually a very easy cause to raise money for because we've all been affected by cancer."

The Bross family and friends call their Relay for Life team the Flower Children. Palmyra is called the Flower City--and it seems the whole town and even the surrounding area support their annual event called the Spring Fling. It's a dinner auction that last year alone raised $49,000.

"It's a fun evening. People are more than generous and are willing to give," Bross said.

The blow-out success of the Spring Fling has made the Flower Children one of the top three Relay for Life money makers in its division. We're talking six states, including Texas. The Flower Children's aim: "To celebrate those who have survived cancer, and those who are currently battling cancer, to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, and to fight back against a disease that knows no boundaries."

This year's Spring Fling starts at 5:00 p.m., Saturday April 16th at the Palmyra American Legion Hall. Click here for more information about the event and how to make a donation.

The Spring Fling is a success story, but so is Mary Bross' battle with cancer. After a mastectomy, chemo and radiation, Mary has been cancer free for the last six years. She's free to enjoy her children and grandchildren, other family members and friends who are helping fight cancer in her name.

Take care ~Sarah