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Annual Cancer Survivors Dinner Hosted by Knights of Columbus

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FAIRMONT -

Almost two million Americans have already been diagnosed with cancer in 2013. More than 11,000 are from right here in West Virginia.

The "Caring and Sharing" groups of Mannington and Fairmont came together along with the Knights of Columbus for the annual Cancer Survivors Dinner.

Survivors from Marion County gathered to share stories and celebrate life.

Linda Goodin was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011. She's been cancer free for five months.

"I have my CEA count checked regularly. I just had it, I don't have the report but I'm thinking it's good," Goodin said. "I'm always thinking positive because I think that's the only way you survive cancer is by keeping that mental attitude up. And spiritual help doesn't hurt either."

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882.

Tom Dragich said the Knights are in existence to hold events like this.

"He wanted Catholic men to stand up and be leaders within the community," Dragich said. "This started about 15 years ago by other Knights and we've continued it down through the years and it's just an honor for us to be able to do this. And offer it to the survivors."

Pins were given out to show who is a survivor from the disease.

Looking around the room, the phrase "Friends Helping Friends" came up often. Goodin said that's what makes the event so special.

"We do appreciate it. It is, it's like everybody can get together. That helps too, to encourage because we can see everybody that has survived cancer," said Goodin. "And that helps and encourages the ones that are going through it."

The event kicks off National Cancer Survivors Week.