Sisters battle breast cancer together by CALEB NICKERSON

Mary Ellen Hughson (left) and her sister Rebecca Hollingsworth were diagnosed with breast cancer in the same week, even though they have no family history of the disease. They are currently raising money for a Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner for the Ottawa Hospital’s Breast Health Centre. Below, are the bracelets worn by sisters and pictured above, breast cancer screening advocates Mary Ellen Hughson and Rebecca Hollingsworth.

She believed she could, so she did.

The phrase is inscribed on bracelets tied to the wrists of sisters Mary Ellen Hughson and Rebecca Hollingsworth.
To a casual passer-by, the words might come off as a generic catchphrase, but the story behind the jewellry is nothing short of extraordinary.
The sisters live in Ottawa, but their parents, Ruth Sheppard and Edgar Barber, are from Shawville and the families cottage at Green Lake.


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