Relay helps us celebrate, save lives

Published 5:23 am Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Who among us has not been touched by cancer?
We have lost colleagues, employees and customers to the disease. We have watched as our loved ones and coworkers have cared for a family member or business partner whose life has been wrenched apart after a cancer diagnosis.
And we have cheered the survivors, like little Julie-Layton Bryan, featured today in our series on cancer survivors. The first-grader is her own cheerleader, and has learned to think of cancer treatment as homework in her fight against the disease that threatens her sight.
Relay For Life, the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society set for this Friday in Covington County, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Our support enables the American Cancer Society to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Relay reminds us how effective Covington County residents can be when we unite behind a common goal. And, we know we aren’t in this alone as our efforts are multiplied many times by hundreds of volunteer hours and extraordinary fundraising efforts put forth by other businesses and individuals.
This year’s organizers have set themselves a goal of raising $117,000 for the fight against cancer. If you haven’t already contributed, consider making a contribution. And if you’re not on a team, stop by the Kiwanis fairgrounds Friday night to cheer the survivors as they walk a victory lap.