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Cancer survivors turn to baton twirling for fun, therapy and friendships

Members of the Twisted Twirlers going through their paces at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Members of the Twisted Twirlers going through their paces at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls.
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They enter the room, drop their belongings on the table and rummage through their bags to find their silver and white twirling batons. Chatty and perky, these friends greet one another and take their place in a lineup behind majorette coach Carol Newton. Then Newton counts off — five, six, seven, eight — and the ladies begin a choreographed routine of twirls, twists, lunges and high steps. And though they have the enthusiasm of 20-somethings, ...


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