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Carefree resident to honor twin sister, support cancer research through Race Against Cancer

4/6/16

CAREFREE – Carefree resident and APS employee Tracy Taylor supports a variety of important causes each year as a member of the APS Volunteer Council. But there is one cause she holds especially dear to her heart – the fight against cancer.

At just four years old, Taylor lost her twin sister Tresa to Leukemia. Tresa was diagnosed with the cancer of blood-forming tissues and bone marrow at the age of two and passed away two years later.

“That was many years ago, so there were really no treatment options for Leukemia at that time,” Taylor said. “I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I went through, so fundraisers are important for continuing education and research.”

To honor her sister and support the fight against cancer, Taylor is walking with more than 70 friends, family, and APS colleagues in the 2016 D-backs Race Against Cancer presented by the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday, April 10 in downtown Phoenix. The race begins and ends at Chase Field.

The 4th annual event will benefit Arizona nonprofit organizations that provide screening, treatment, and support for those dealing with all types of cancer. 

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her,” Taylor said of her sister.

Taylor said she and her teammates will wear their APS shirts and she will carry something special in honor of her sister.

“APS has a really huge heart and they really want to give back to our communities,” Taylor said.

To see more about the Race Against Cancer, visit http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/race.jsp.