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A time to give, a time to receive

Life’s lessons come in hard training manuals. Brenda McNeil, 52, is struggling with breast cancer that’s metastasized in her bones, plus she has a spot on her liver and lung.

Surely, Meltdown participants remember her! She was one of the Durham Dolls – the school bus drivers – who made the last evening memorable. She’s the one always giving encouragement to others.

“One word-‘cancer’,” Brenda says, “stripped me of my job, social life and exercise routine.” What it hasn’t taken away from her, though, is her sense of humor.



Having lost 55 pounds through walking, Curves, and Weight Watchers, Brenda was looking fine when visiting her young doctor. When he commented on how good she looked, she replied without hesitation, “Well, you’re not so bad either.”

What the doctor meant was, by being in good shape, Brenda improved her odds.




Is Brenda happy she became fit? “Absolutely,” she says. “Being fit is no guarantee against illness, but at least I’m in shape to fight it.”

How can we support Brenda? On Wednesday, Brenda finds out whether her medicine is working. She’d like our prayers. On Saturday, June 26, fitness fans are invited to visit health clubs for free tests, classes and prizes. While there, sign a card. And if your finances permit, donate $1 to the McNeil family for each pound you’ve lost or would like to lose.

Do two good deeds. Give to a person learning to accept help and invest in your own good health.


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