Cheri Harris
Cynthia Hayes-Riley, breast cancer survivor, poses for a photo.
Shining through

Cynthia Hayes-Riley believes cancer saved her life.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer one year and one week after a car backed over her and then hit her again, seriously injuring her and killing her 15-year-old daughter, Crystal, who was trying to pull her mom out of the car’s path in East Gadsden High School’s parking lot after a football game. Her oldest daughter, Jocelyn, now 27, was not hurt.
The aftermath of the tragedy in October 2006 left Hayes-Riley grief-stricken, depressed, unable to walk and
asking why.