When a 68-year-old Johnson County resident walks out to the applause of the crowd as a cancer survivor, his grandson will be with him.
Two years after Harold Townsend finished treatment for prostate cancer, his grandson Kaleb Buck was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the bones.
They’ll celebrate their recovery and new bond this weekend at the start of the annual Relay for Life fundraiser in Franklin.
Residents who have been treated for all types of cancers, such as breast, lung and blood, will be honored for beating the disease. Each will receive an ovation, cheers and support from hundreds of people in the crowd.
The grandfather and grandson came through treatment healthy by leaning on each other, and the rest of their family, for support. They share a connection neither wanted. But the fact that they have each other has made it more bearable.