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Jackie Mines of Woodbury is this year’s honorary survivor at the Relay for Life of South Washington County. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

Relay For Life: South Washington County's winning warrior

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The day she turned 50, Jackie Mines learned that she had cancer.

“What a great birthday present,” she joked.

On Jan. 8, 2011, her doctor called her at work to tell her that she had breast cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 3A, meaning that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.


“I’m sitting in my office and then I have to figure out what to do,” she said. “Do I call my kids? It’s a very lonely experience.”

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William Loeffler
William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 
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