LANNWS-05-20-23 ALI COLUMN Anetra

Lou Brown Ali still misses her friend Anetra Alford, who died last November after battling colon cancer.

When I was growing up in Lancaster, like all young people, I was carefree and never gave much thought to how death not only happens to older folks, but can rear its ugly head for anyone, at any age.

I reflected on that recently when my friend’s daughter, Anetra Alford, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer a year ago. When she was diagnosed, she fought valiantly to survive; sadly, she passed away right before Thanksgiving of last year. I loved her dearly.

Lancaster native Lou Brown Ali now lives in Henrico, Va., a suburb of Richmond.

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