Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of stories on area cancer survivors as the date nears for the 2013 Relay For Life at James B. Abraham Stadium in Lonoke. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26. It concludes at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

My name is Bobby D. Montgomery. I am a 20-year cancer survivor. In April 1993, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with throat surgery the following month. Since being diagnosed, I have taken chemotherapy several months of each year, except for one year.

The longest period without taking chemotherapy was approximately 18 months. It was in the year 2000 (+/-) that I was informed that I only had a few months to live and doctors requested that I allow research be performed on my body, which would result in my death in six months or less, which I declined.

In the spring of 2010 I was given radiation for a mass in my nasal cavity. Radiation was followed by chemotherapy for a cancer between my heart and lung along with a cancer in my right lung. After the second chemotherapy treatment, chemotherapy was discontinued due to being too weak and low white blood counts.

Since the last chemotherapy, in spring of 2010, I have had no treatments and the cancer between my heart and lung has completely dissipated and the cancer in my right lung continues to shrink.

I contribute my survival to several things — God having a plan for me, my love of God, the power of prayers, good doctors, the love of life, love of my family, being with people I love, having a job I loved and not giving up. Some days it would have been much easier to stay home but that I did not do.

The Lonoke Chapter of ACS’s Relay for Life has a Survivor and Caregiver Dinner scheduled and the opening ceremonies of our Relay include Survivor participation.

The first lap of the Relay will be the Survivor Lap followed by the Caregiver Lap. We would love to pack the track for these laps, especially. We have these Relay For Life Survivor yard signs available to any Survivor and to serve as a visual reminder of WHY we Relay.