Facing death and seizing life

Sandy Dennis, holding her grandson Frederic Dittmer, spoke about how a cancer diagnosis distills and refines your love of life, family and community, at a National Cancer Survivors Day event on Tuesday, June 4. Photo by Anne Day

SALISBURY — In a speech that was as moving as a poem, Sandy Dennis of Salisbury evoked the beauty of every moment of life when seen through the eyes of one who might soon lose it.

She offered thoughts, memories, encouragement and exhortations at a National Cancer Survivors Day event at the Grove in Lakeville on Tuesday, June 4, hosted by the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association.

“We are all survivors,” Dennis said, looking around the room,“whether we are 6, 38 or 88, just by remaining alive up to this moment.”

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