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MANNINGTON -

The Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Group began in Fairmont, and in 2004, a new chapter started in Mannington.

Danny and Jackie Mullenax have been affected by cancer for 13 years. Danny Mullenax had cancer himself, and their grandson, Patrick, passed away from cancer in 2010.

"We had a grandson who died of neuroblastoma cancer two years ago, when he was eight years old. This is why we really got involved," said Jackie Mullenax.

They got involved with the Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Group of Mannington. Jacquie Price knew the Mullenax's and wanted to help them grieve.

"To help them get through the loss of their grandchild, which was a horrible thing. The community came together and supported Jackie and Danny. It helped them get through their grief and through that Patrick will live on forever," said Price.

Price said the best thing about the support group is the feeling of family.

"When you're affected by cancer and you're down, you see someone else who has had cancer for several years and they help the new people who were diagnosed. You can call anyone in the group, and they'll be there within a moments notice," explained Price.

The group started in 2004, and three years ago the group collectively started the Mannington Relay for Life.

"This is a small community, there has been a lot of cancer in this town and everybody knows everybody. That's what's great about the Relay for Life, and the support of everyone here in this town," said Jackie Mullenax.

Danny Mullenax is a cancer survivor of 13 years and has some advice for anyone who has cancer, or is affected by cancer.

"Don't be afraid. Like I said, put it in Jesus' hand. When you're laying in the hospital, don't lay there and be afraid. Just ask the Lord to be with you," said Danny Mullenax.

Mannington's Relay for Life will be held May 17.

The Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month in Mannington, and the first Thursday of every month in Fairmont.