Fraternity pledge warms the heart of breast cancer survivor

Fraternity pledge warms the heart of breast cancer survivor

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Michele Edwards, a 9-year breast cancer survivor, will not soon forget the note written by a young fraternity pledge of Kappa Alpha Order.

"We thank God for mothers like yourself, who remind us that with obedience and faith, no obstacle is too big," a handwritten message by Carter Shelton said.

Shelton, a freshman economics major at Arkansas State University, is the son of a breast cancer survivor. He came up with the idea to share personal messages with Jonesboro survivors during a 7:30 a.m. class.

"That day I sent a text to my Mom telling her how much I appreciated her and how happy I was that she beat cancer," Shelton said. "It made her happy and I just got the idea to write a short note to other survivors who had been through the same thing."

Shelton sent a group message to his pledge brothers at the Delta Eta Chapter of KA and asked if anyone was interested in going with him to make deliveries of flowers and notes.

Edwards opened her door to Shelton, Derek Fisher and Drew Smith holding a peace lily and a card. "I was shocked," Edwards said. "I started tearing up immediately and I just felt a rush of emotion. I didn't know how they knew, but I just was so touched that these young men would think of me."

Edwards underwent five surgeries, lost her hair and had eight rounds of chemotherapy when her children were young.

"I had no idea what all was involved," Edwards said. "It was a small chapter in the book of life, but it was tough."

Edwards said she had no idea that someone else would remember that time.

"It meant even more to know the motivation behind what they were doing. I know Carter's mother is a survivor, too," Edwards said.

"My mother was diagnosed two years ago. She had chemotherapy and was real strong through it all," said Shelton. "She stayed at work the whole time. She would schedule treatment on Thursday so when she got sick on the weekend, we could take care of her."

Long after the pink ribbons fade, Edwards says she will still have her peace lily and a card that touched her heart.

"We hope you accept this gift as a symbol of our admiration towards you, and your bravery in the face of such a terrible disease," the card said.

"I am one of several survivors they honored and it was not my desire to be recognized," Edwards said. "But, I will never forget it."

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