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.