Relay For Life is worth our support

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2003

Tribune editorial staff

It is often said everyone has been touched by cancer. Whether it is a family member, a co-worker or a friend, most of us know someone who has cancer or has lost their life to the disease.

Through its Relay For Life events, the American Cancer Society looks to help those affected by cancer. In each person involved in the Relay for Life, there is a story, a reason why that person is there.

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Teams of volunteers -- both young and old -- will gather at Fairland High School in Proctorville Friday night to celebrate those who have won hard-fought battles against cancer, mourn those lost to the dreaded disease, and look forward to finding a cure.

The Proctorville Relay For Life will raise money for the American Cancer Society, which will use the money from the local event to fund research into the causes and potential cures for cancer, to sponsor educational programs locally to prevent cancer and provide service to local victims of cancer and their families.

Teams of 10 to 15 people raise a minimum of $100 per person by taking donations, getting sponsors or selling goods. One member of the team must walk, run or jog around the track during the event.

Before the event officially begins, a reception for cancer survivors will be hosted at 5 p.m. Anyone who would like to attend can call Abigail Nida, survivorship chair, at (740) 886-6283.

This year, for the first time, the American Cancer Society will sponsor two Relays in Lawrence County. In addition to the Proctorville event, one will be held July 25-26 at Dawson-Bryant High School in Coal Grove. Chances are, many of the teams will chose to participate in both Relays.

Without the generosity of those who have donated their time and money to the Relay, the work of the American Cancer Society could not go forward.

So far, more than 300 people have signed up to participate. It is not to late for you to add your support to the effort. For more information call co-chair Stephanie Burcham at (740) 886-7655.

Even if you do not participate, we invite you to come out and see what the Relay is all about. Next year -- or perhaps even in July -- you may find you want to be a part of this worthy event.