As Susie Fisher rang the bell marking the end of six months of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer, you wouldn’t think her smile could get any bigger or that she had any more tears of joy that she could shed.
But then the Myrtle Beach resident walked outside.
In a can’t-miss display of love and support, friends and local celebrity Ed Piotrowski from WPDE ABC-15 gathered outside Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network at Murrells Inlet to surprise Fisher on her big day.
Cheers erupted when she walked out of the medical building, and she was met with homemade signs featuring messages of love and survival – “Susie-1, Cancer-0” – as well as an awaiting Horry County Police escort.
Piotrowski presented Fisher with his latest bobblehead featuring him wearing a pink suit for breast cancer awareness; the bobbleheads were sold in October as a fundraiser for the Tidelands Health Foundation’s Breast Care Fund. Piotrowski graciously signed the bobblehead box with a special message congratulating Fisher for beating cancer.
“It’s overwhelming for sure. I’m very happy,” Fisher said in between warm hugs from her friends. “It’s great.”
Fisher was diagnosed with stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer and began chemotherapy in June. Throughout the 16 rounds of chemotherapy treatments, Fisher stayed positive and persevered.
“It didn’t slow her down,” said friend and former neighbor Amber Matthews, who organized the surprise celebration. “I was scared at the beginning for her, and the fact that she made it through this chemotherapy like it was nothing…
“For her to make it to this – the end of chemo – was just huge and it needed to be celebrated.”