Stop running from cancer now

Author and breast cancer survivor brings her new book to town and to the Relay for Life to inspire others and save lives.

DEBILYN SMITH signs her book Running from Cancer at Misty River Books this afternoon and gives a reading at the Terrace Public Library tonight. She will also be at the Relay for Life here tomorrow.

DEBILYN SMITH signs her book Running from Cancer at Misty River Books this afternoon and gives a reading at the Terrace Public Library tonight. She will also be at the Relay for Life here tomorrow.

AN AUTHOR and breast cancer survivor brings her new book to Terrace for a reading and book signings today and signings tomorrow at the Relay for Life.

DebiLyn Smith, from Houston B.C., just released her first book, Running From Cancer: a tilted memoir, earlier this month and is taking it on the road to Relays for Life around the northwest.

“Running From Cancer is my way of giving back to the cancer societies by trying to reduce the 500 new cancer patients per day across Canada. Of that, 200 will die. If this book can prevent even one of those numbers, it will have been worth it,” said Smith.

The book is about learning to stop running from cancer, to stand up and fight back now and is done through blunt glimpses into the world of chemotherapy and cancer diagnosis, she said.

It’s written in simple terms to show why you do not want to travel this road before lending tips to avoid winning the cancer lottery, she said, adding that the book includes six recipes, including the famous sugar- and gluten-free chocolate macaroons that promise to make your teeth sing with delight and end your craving for something sweet, like chocolate, after a meal.

Today, May 31, Smith holds a book signing and question period at Misty River Books from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a reading at the library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, June 1, she will be at the Relay for Life here, selling books on-site with all proceeds going to the relay, before travelling to Prince Rupert’s relay from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., where she will give the Fight Back speech at 7:30 p.m.