Freezin' for a reason: 8th Annual Cancer Freeze aims to help local moms diagnosed with cancer

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Photos from past events: The Cancer Freeze event has grown over the years including several events including a bass tournament, 5k run/walk, chili cook-off, water activities such as water skiing, tubing or wake-boarding and live entertainment throughout the day.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 04:40 PM.

For Walton County moms Sheryl Evans and Stacey Leddon, next weekend's Cancer Freeze will be one day in which the two women won't have to worry about treatments or medical bills.

Now in it's eighth year, Cancer Freeze has been raising money to donate to local families who are suffering the impacts of what has become the second most common cause of death in the United States .

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For Sheryl Evans, being a part of the Cancer Freeze was "a blessing that fell in my lap," she said.

Evans is familiar with cancer, battling cervical cancer in 1997 and breast cancer in 2005, after which she decided to pursue her bachelor's degree in education at University of West Florida . After a routine mammogram in August, Evans was diagnosed with cancer a third time. She juggled her third semester of student teaching with the latest diagnosis and graduated last December going to school in Pensacola during the day and heading over to Woodlands Medical Specialists for treatments at night.

"It has just made my faith stronger," said the third-grade teacher at Mossy Head. "I'm just going to stay positive and strong."

Between school and treatments, Evans hasn't had a paycheck since June. Being a recipient of this year's Cancer Freeze came at the perfect time, she said.

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