Since her diagnosis and treatment for stage 1 breast cancer in 2010, Renee Fries of Honesdale has been very active in the fight against the disease. She has participated in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® race in Scranton and raised $1700 for the Komen organization through a “Pink Porch Party” in her hometown of Waymart. This year, Fries is one of ten women profiled in the Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Gallery of Hope, a traveling photo display of survivor stories aimed at raising awareness. “Breast cancer runs in my family,” said Fries, “so I knew when I turned 40 it was time to get a mammogram. I’m one of the lucky ones.” Fries said after her initial mammogram, a self-exam revealed a lump and follow-up studies with MRI and ultrasound confirmed the disease. A double mastectomy was the recommended treatment. The mother of an eight-year-old boy, Fries remains positive about life and plans a second Pink Porch Party this summer. As her story reads, “Renee doesn’t dwell on what cancer took from her; instead she is grateful for what it gave her—clarity in priorities and relationships, the ability to be understanding and help others, appreciation for the important things and the knowledge to know what really matters.” The Gallery of Hope will be on display at Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Pike Family Health Center in Lords Valley through May 10th; afterwards, it will travel to the Susquehanna Life Center in the Lycoming Mall and Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna. To learn more about this year’s honorees or to request the exhibit for your facility or event, visit www.bcnepa.com/hope. Photo left to right: Lisa Champeau, Wayne Memorial Hospital; Donna Decker, RN, Wayne Memorial; Renee Fries; Jennifer R. Deemer, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.