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A weekend of surviving, remembering and relaxing

Over the weekend, 68 adult survivors of cancer and 24 volunteers came together for three days of friendship and activities at Camp Living Springs held at Day Springs in Ellenton. AT TOP: Participants made wreaths to commemorate campers who had passed away and held an emotional ceremony where they tossed the wreaths into the lake. Included were wreaths for Heath Robinson and Chris Anderson, who were featured in a Times story last year. ABOVE: Cancer survivors and Camp Living Springs volunteers hug after creating memorial wreaths. From left, Jeanette Testa, Bill Clarke, Shirley Gorrell, Pam Silva, Darlene Donniacuo and Vida Tyc. AT LEFT: Doris Dubinsky, 73, of Dunedin participates in a morning ceremony by the lake. Dubinsky, a survivor of breast cancer, hadn't been to camp since she was 9. "I could see the love that flowed from one to another," Dubinsky said. "Your inner self came out and went to somebody else. They know it (cancer) could come back tomorrow, we all know that, but everybody always has hope that it's all cleared."

Debbie Ehlers of New Port Richey gets her first massage Saturday. Ehlers suffers from fibromyalgia and is a survivor of breast cancer. AT LEFT: Doris Dubinsky, 73, of Dunedin

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