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Newton Woman Battled Cancer, Now Raising Money For Treatment Center

The fourth annual HopeWalks raises money for treatment not covered by insurance.

Newton's Michelle Harris suffered excruciating pain in her back and learned in June 2010 that it was due to a cancer called Multiple Myeloma.

She received treatment at the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital Now she is trying to help the center provide service to other cancer patients during the HopeWalks.

Harris received treatment twice a week at the Vernon Cancer Center, and worked with specialists.

"I began seeing the social worker and nutritionist on a fairly regular basis for both emotional and physical support. I can’t say enough about how accommodating both of these people were, seeing me in the infusion room, talking by phone or email," Harris wrote in her HopeWalks fundraising webpage.

The third annual HopeWalks event to be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. HopeWalks is a 3.5 mile neighborhood walk to benefit the Integrative Support Services offered at the Vernon Cancer Center.

These life-enhancing services for cancer patients optimize healing and comfort throughout treatment. Newton-Wellesley Hospital wants to make these services available to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Those interested in participated can register at www.nwh.org/hopewalks.

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