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Marilyn Hill will be one of three cancer warriors to be recognized at this years Celebration of Life Walk scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. April 27, at Voiers' Park
Cancer Warrior Marilyn Hill is making her fight public and bringing it to Deming's biggest stage for those families affected by cancer. She is one of three Cancer Warriors to be recognize this year through the Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County for its eight annual Celebration of Life Cancer Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at Voier's Park in Deming.

The other two Deming/Luna County Cancer Warriors are Adam Fofana, a Deming interMediate School sixth grader and Jazmyne Gallosa, a New Mexico State University student.

"I think people need to be aware of the symptoms of bladder cancer and I try to educate people," Hill said. "My husband and Cancer Support have been behind me all the way."

Marilyn's husband, Don Hill, is the coordinator of the walk and on the Cancer Support Board.

Hill was diagnosed with a form of bladder cancer in 2006. In August of that year she had her first surgery where it was discovered Hill had a total of 20 cancerous tumors on her bladder.

"I took treatment therapy every week for six weeks in Las Cruces at Memorial General for two hours at a time," she said.

Since 2006 Hill has undergone three more surgeries.

A person's bladder is made up of many different cells. Bladder cancer is usually made up of just one type of cell, although it is not uncommon for bladder cancer to be made up of what is called "mixed cell types."

Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Transitional Cell Carcinoma and Adenocarcinoma are the most common forms of bladder cancer.


Some of the signs of bladder cancer are possible blood in the urine, having to urinate more often or feeling a need to urinate but not being able to.

"I was one of the people that could not urinate," Hill said.

Hill moved to Deming with her husband in 1952. They raised five children in Deming and have seven grandchildren as well as four great-grandchildren.

Hill retired after working for Deming National Bank after 25 years as a cashier. The bank is now called 1st New Mexico Bank.

The community is expected to take part in the Celebration of Life Cancer Walk to raise money for cancer patients in Deming and Luna County. The support group offers transportation for cancer patients to and from out-of-town treatments and doctor' appointments, as well as vouchers and an extended resource library. The Cancer Support Office is located at 212 North Country Club Road in the historic Train Depot building.

Registration for the walk is at 8 a.m. Food booths, a variety of vendors and other activities will serve the walk and Cancer Support Group at the park.