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Howard County to celebrate Relay for Life on June 4

Howard County to celebrate Relay for Life on June 4

It was at a routine doctors appointment during a lunch break in November 1992 when then-Columbia resident Kathy Protokowicz felt her body numb as she listened to the doctor diagnose her with ovarian cancer at 34 years old. She had scheduled the visit after noticing her stomach growing and hardening despite her healthy lifestyle.

"You fall apart," Protokowicz recalled. "The first thing you think is that you're dying. I couldn't think straight, but after a couple days, you think, 'OK, maybe I can beat this. There's still hope.'"

Twenty-four years later, Protokowicz, now 58, still remains hopeful for those who fight to overcome cancer, while reflecting on...

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