Turner raises cancer awarenessFriday, January 27, 2012 By Alondra Burciaga, Estefania Jimenez, and Heidy Sarinana
At R.L. Turner, many faculty and even students have had to face cancer. While going through treatment, most on campus have found that students and teachers come together as a family to support them. "Cancer makes our community stronger by building each other up in hard times," said Beau Carter, a student who has dealt personally with the disease in his family. Over the years, people have found new ways to cure many different types of dangerous cancer. These treatments have saved many lives since their creation and discovery. Even Turner's own principal, Mrs. Warnock, had cancer for almost three years. "When I found out, I was 22 years old; I was in shock and very scared. I thought I was too young. I just wanted to find options, a second opinion," said Mrs. Warnock. Mrs. Warnock learned she had cancer in November of 1991. Her cancer was a very rare cancer and the doctors removed the tumor during surgery. After that, Mrs. Warnock had to continuously go in for different tests and scans. Although this can be difficult for not only the patient but the family, Mrs. Warnock found that her family was very supportive. "When my family found out it [the cancer], it was really hard on everyone, specifically my parents. This actually brought us much much closer," said Mrs. Warnock. There are many organizations that help raise cancer awareness, like the National Breast Cancer Foundation who offers free mammograms for women who need early cancer detection. "Anytime anybody has cancer, it's bad; it's a time to be supportive," said Mr. Wisener, R.L. Turner senior principal.