Meet Marcy Parlett- Capel Strong

Meet Marcy Parlett- Capel Strong

Hi, my name is Marcy Parlett. I live in Grasonville with my fiancé, Joe Capel along with our 2 dogs and 2 cats. I have 3 grown children, Rachel (34), Daniel (31) and Alexis (24). I am also the proud Mimi of Leah (18), Alicia (12) and Bella (6). I worked for Safeway for over 20 years before retiring in 2016.

In 2014, my entire world was turned upside down. My mother, who was and always will be my hero, a 10 year colon cancer survivor, was diagnosed with what was called a treatable but not curable cancer. She fought like the warrior she was, but was called home on December 24, 2014. After, picking myself up and straightening my warrior crown I decided to become a Colon Cancer advocate at the end of 2016. Thinking that 2017 1 would devote more time to this new advocacy. But alas, God had other plans for me. I had seen the 2017 LLS schedule for Missy's Mojo team and had committed to doing the
motorcycle run, just like we had done for the previous 4 years. However, little did I know how my world
would be rocked again. On April 12, 2017, my 30 year partner, Joe, was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. And again there were those awful words, treatable but not curable. I also lost a very dear friend Cheryl McPhearson to another treatable-not curable cancer in July 2017.

So when Kris Shannahan, the 2014 Woman of the Year, asked me if I would like to be nominated to run for Women of the Year, of course my answer was yes. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society had already become part of our family, from participating in the fundraisers in the past years, to having them help us with co-payments for Joe's treatments. Joe is currently in remission and will be undergoing a stem cell transplant, so that he will have a greater chance of the longest remission possible. Some of his treatments would not be available to him if it wasn't for the LLS.

I don't think there is one person out there that has not been touched by cancer in some way. Whether it was a spouse, parent, child, grandparent or friend. This is the reason I am honored to raise money for LLS. I want to be able to take those awful words of treatable-not curable and change them to CURED!

In honor of my mom, Joe and Cheryl, we are #CapelStrong.... So Be Brave and Believe!