After 140 Days of Chemo, Woman Comes Home to Cross 'Finish Line' in Tears


Cancer is a battle far too many people, communities, and families fight every day.

According to the American Cancer Society, over 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive at the start of 2016 — some were recently diagnosed and are undergoing treatment, and others have been treated and currently have no current evidence of cancer.

The heart-wrenching fact from their most recent report on Cancer Facts & Figures is that about 609,640 Americans are estimated to die from cancer in 2018.

Despite the tragedies that come with the awful disease, there are survivors who fight and win the battle.

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Margaret is one of the survivors. After six months of chemotherapy, she finally is done with the treatment.

But one viral video shows that although the road has been hard, she did not travel it alone.

As she was driving home after her 140th and last day of chemo, she was surprised by what she saw along the road.

Margaret’s friends, neighbors, and family had lined the streets with signs and pink balloons congratulating her on being done.

“I can’t even believe this!” she said as she drove past the cheering crowds.

She got choked up as she continued the drive, saying a teary “I love you too” to one person.

But then she saw it. The literal finish line that represented her cancer journey.

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The piece of paper was stretched across the street, and even though there were times where the finish line seemed so far away, she finally made it to the day when she would get to cross it.

The support that Margaret has received is unlike any other, but she completed the journey with all the people who love her by her side.

“Thank you so much,” she cried as she got out of the car and was wrapped in the arms of her daughter who congratulated her mom on finally being done.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith