Three relapses in eight years; Claxton local still standing tall


(Editor’s note: The following article was submitted by guest writer Sarah Smith, a journalism student at Georgia Southern University currently in her senior year. Smith is also a former writer for The George-Anne, GSUs student newspaper. Originally from Glennville, Smith currently resides in Statesboro.) 

“If you ask me what my 11:11 wish is, it is to be able to run again,” Bertha Lopez said. “I loved basketball too. I wasn’t the best, but it was the one sport I enjoyed… that and volleyball.”

(Lopez later explains 11:11 is, “A symbol of coincidence and of things happening by chance. It is an one-minute open gate to make a wish, much like a shooting star, blowing out a candle, or tossing a coin into the fountain. Every time I come across 11:11 on the clock, or any other chance to make a wish, my wish is for absolute healing in my body. I refuse to let even the slightest chance of hope to pass me by.”)

Bertha Lopez of Claxton, Georgia was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at age 13. The, now, 21-year-old relapsed for the third time in June 2020.

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By Sarah Smith, Guest Writer