Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Hawaii 2015 Portraits of Hope

Dennis and Pam Shewell
“I still plan for tomorrow, but I live for today!” – Pam Shewell

CANCER; a six letter word no one wants to hear, but for husband and wife, Dennis and Pam Shewell, it is a word that is all too familiar. Between them, they have had four cancer diagnoses, over a span of their 45 years together. Dennis had prostate cancer, and Pam has had Hodgkin Lymphoma and they have both faced breast cancer. Cancer is a word they know all too well and so they decided to do something about it.
The couple is actively involved in the fight to end breast cancer and having been giving back to their community for decades. After receiving a Reach to Recovery visit by the American Cancer Society, Pam witnessed first-hand the value of speaking with another breast cancer survivor to find support. Since then, Pam has helped many women in their journey as a Reach to Recovery volunteer herself. Dennis, an avid guest speaker in our community, dedicates his time to educating people on the importance of visiting their doctor regularly, he says, “I feel I have a calling to help men realize that they can get breast cancer too.” Both of them also volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
Dennis and Pam’s journey through cancer has been one filled with support, love and most of all, understanding. Their love for each other and for life is apparent the minute you meet them. Together they have taken on cancer, head first, and won!
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