Columbus Regional Hospital's new Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator is on display during an open house to mark the opening of the Columbus Regional Hospital's new Cancer Center in Columbus, Ind., Thursday, March 24, 2016. The hospital hosted an open house that allowed hospital employees and members of the public to tour the new treatment facility. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Cancer has an extensive reach, with its various forms and the many parts of the body it can invade.

It also touches just about everyone in some way, either personally or second-hand.

That is why The Republic publishes Colors for a Cure, our cancer awareness section, each October. We call it Colors for a Cure because certain colors are used symbolically to highlight specific types of cancer: pink for breast, orange for leukemia and light blue for prostate, for example.

We wanted to share the stories of people who are battling cancer or have survived it to inform our readers about different types of cancer, and offer valuable information in addition to hope and inspiration.

Our intent also is for the section to be useful. Information about cancer services offered at three local hospitals is included.

We hope that you will find the personal stories and other information valuable and useful personally or for others who are fighting cancer or have survived it.

—Kirk Johannesen

Assistant managing editor

The Republic

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.