Today, Guy is working fulltime as a residential and commercial interior designer, and raising her two young daughters with her husband. And, she’s getting ready to participate in her second 5k run and 3k walk organized by Angels Among Us, a local group that raises funds for brain tumor research at Duke.
“This was something that gave me hope as I was going through treatment,” Guy said. “I met people who are survivors as well as researchers. I met people who had seen my name on the side of a tube in the lab. They’d say, ‘you’re Clara! I worked with your cells! I met the people who put this research together to find a solution, rather than that sentence.”
The annual run/walk also offers encouragement. “When you get any type of cancer it scares you to death. You go to an Angels Among Us event and the people are hopeful. There are some of us who are halfway bald, but we are hopeful. To get that much encouragement is inspiring.”
Guy’s team of family, friends and others raised just over $32,000 for Duke research last year, and hopes to raise $40,000 this year. “This is how we can help,” she said. “We can help them continue to find cures and answers.”