COLUMN: Join Relay for LifePublished 12:57pm Friday, February 14, 2014
It’s one of the scariest words in the English language. No one wants to hear that word, whether it’s from your doctor, a family member, friend or even someone you don’t know at all.
We all know someone who has cancer, died of cancer or is a survivor of cancer. I was reminded of this, as a friend lost a close relative to cancer just a few days ago.
We hear about it frequently in the news or read about it in news stories and other articles you find on the Internet.
We know a lot about it. We know about different types of cancer. We know what are many of the primary causes of cancer. We even know a lot about the types of cancer treatments you can receive.
However, it doesn’t lessen the impact when you hear about another person who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 12 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2008. Some of these individuals were cancer free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.
Another 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. This means, millions of other loved ones will be affected by this horrible disease.
Thankfully, doctors are at work trying to find the cure. And to help the doctors, many others are helping raise money for cancer awareness and research during the annual Relay for Life.
This year’s event is almost three months away at J.P. Cain Stadium. It’s not just a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but it’s also a time to remember those who have died from cancer, celebrate with those who have survived cancer and support those who are currently fighting cancer.
The 2014 event has been scheduled for May 9, 2014, at J.P. Cain Stadium. The theme for the Morgan-Hartselle Relay event is Rock Around the Clock for a Cure, based on the classic Bill Haley song. Thus, she is hoping that teams will embrace the happy days theme of the 1950s.
There is still plenty of time to participate in the event. You can log on to www.relayforlife.org/hartselle to register as an individual or as a team.
You can also support those teams that are currently fundraising by making donations or participating in their fundraising events.
Let’s do our part to help make this year’s Relay for Life a great one for Morgan County. Help celebrate with our survivors, remember those who lost their battles and help raise money to find a cure.
We’re hoping to be ropin’ in a cure.
Brent Maze is the managing editor of the Hartselle Enquirer.