Dutchtown High counselor rings in last day of cancer treatment _lowres

Photo provided by Debby Vollmer -- Tammy Blanchard, right, rings the Sound of Hope survivor bell at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales on Dec. 8. Looking on, from left, are Amy Berthelot, Michael Stewart, Rebekah Maher, Sharon Myshrall, Tiffany Shelton and Adrian Beckwith.

Tammy Blanchard, 51, a Dutchtown High School counselor and breast cancer survivor, returned to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales on Dec. 8 to ring the Sound of Hope survivor bell in honor of her last day of treatment.

Blanchard completed six weeks of radiation therapy in October. However, the bell — funded by the Partners of Hope employee giving program — had temporarily been removed during an interior building renovation, so the bell ringing was delayed.

“It feels good,” Blanchard said of finally getting to ring the bell. “It’s a symbol to others that you can beat cancer. I am so grateful to everyone who helped me get here.”

Blanchard said she intends to use her cancer experience to help others.