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November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks: Reflecting on cancer battle, Jackie and Harold Taylor count their blessings

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NEW CASTLE — THE ROAD AHEAD

Several benefits that have been held in Jackie’s honor also have helped with the bills. New Hope Family Worship Center raised money for the family and Tillia, Session-Cain and Solomon led a group of friends who organized a pasta dinner benefit, which drew more than 500 people to Third Presbyterian Church. A bake sale was held and Shenango High’s Peer Leadership group sold wristbands in support of Jackie. The Shenango Football Boosters are hosting a flag football tournament Saturday, with half of the proceeds going to the Taylor family.

Although Jackie is not officially cancer-free — she will undergo monthly blood tests and see her doctor every three months for the time being — her long-term prognosis is good. She has learned to eat healthy foods and now follows a vegetarian, borderline vegan, diet. The peach fuzz on her formerly bald head grows a little longer every day, and she has returned to work at George Washington.

Harold and the children — and Lacey the dog — are thrilled that Jackie likely will be around for a long, long time.

“You could tell the doctor was pretty amazed,” Jackie said. “I think a higher power than a doctor had a hand in this.”

For now, Harold and Jackie wake up each day with a new outlook.

“Out of something really bad, a lifetime of good has come,” Harold said. “I will always be grateful to God for this second chance our family has been given.”

(Email: kcubbal @ncnewsonline.com)

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