are many reasons why I participate in Relay for Life. The first and
most important is because I truly believe that research is the way to
beat cancer. I know there are many people who could use help with
medical bills, gas, food and lodging when a family is struck by this
disease. The money raised at the Relay each year would hardly touch
those bills for one person. However, you never know which dollar is
going to find the cure for a cancer and make those hospital bills and
other expenses unnecessary for anyone.
Another reason I relay is
because I have lost family members to this enemy of mankind. My father
was taken 16 years ago and my aunt soon followed. They had different
types of cancer but suffered much the same. It was hard to let them go
but even harder to ask them to stay when they were so tired and in pain.
I was by each of their bedsides when they took that final breath. It
was heartbreaking to see strong, once vibrant people taken in such a
The first question is always why? Why my dad? Why my aunt?
Why? Until we find a cure, it will be why not. Until we find a cure, it
will be our friends and loved ones and US who battle this disease with
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer.
It’s a disease that doesn’t distinguish between race, gender or creed.
No one is safe. I know people who have lived their lives exercising and
eating right and taking every precaution and they still hear those
words: You have cancer.
Cancer doesn’t care if you are a nice
person or not so much. It doesn’t care if you are going to leave behind
loved ones or those who need you. It doesn’t care that you haven’t
accomplished what you would like in life. It doesn’t care that you are a
mother, father, son, daughter, wife, etc.
want you to live a long, happy life. We want you to hold your
grandchildren and even great-grandchildren and tell them how we beat
cancer. We want cancer to go down in the medical books as something that
once killed and maimed many but no longer exists because people cared
enough to find a cure. I have seen many survivors hear that dreaded news
a second and even third time.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear other words? How about, NO MORE CANCER?
after year I watch those brave survivors make the first lap during
opening ceremonies and I choke back the tears for those who are no
longer with us and the new faces in the crowd. It doesn’t seem to end.
My dream is for Relay to no longer be needed. My dream is for it be a fond memory; remember when …