New this year to
Relay for Life--- honoring local heroes. Some selected have passed away after
battling cancer and others are now cancer free.
"There was a time
when I really thought I wasn't going to make it" said Tom Roseberry, who
learned this week he is cancer free after a four year battle with prostate
cancer. "My grand kids were probably the strongest driving force I had because I
could not let them not know me so the fight became centered on them."
Roseberry, a retired Salem
assistant fire chief, was the first patient in a prostate cancer clinical trial
at Johns Hopkins.
"We've made 23 trips
to Baltimore over the last three years plus I've lived there 7 weeks" said Roseberry
who remembers what the doctor said as he was asking if he would participate in
the clinical trial. "We may not be able to help you but you may help 10,000
Roseberry is one of
three Salem "heroes" being honored at this year's Relay for Life.
James Taliaferro was
also selected, the former Salem mayor passed away after a battle with cancer in
"He was a true Salemite.
He lives and breathes and Salem. He was a true Salem person. He was an
influence on building our baseball stadium and football stadium" said Kathy
Murphy who knew Taliaferro. "He did so much for Salem and he's still a big name
here so we're hoping his presence will raise money for the city of Salem today."
Amanda Nagy is also a
hero. She passed away in 2011 after being diagnosed with stage four melanoma.
The hope is these
three stories will bring in more money for the American Cancer Society to help
find a cure.
Roseberry says this
will be his first Relay for Life and he's hoping to make a difference for
"I feel like I'm
paying back a lot of kindness from a lot of people" said Roseberry.
The Salem Relay for Life goal is to raise $144,000.
For more information on Relay for Life visit the website here.