Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

January 16, 2014

Relay For Life a good cause

RUSK — For the third year I have supported, participated, promoted, and advocated for American Cancer Society's Relay For Life by bringing awareness to the cause, collecting donations, and directing fundraisers for this international event.  In the U.S. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground.  

These county-wide events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.  2014's huge walk event in Cherokee County is April 25, 2014 from 7a-7p at Jacksonville High School's Mauldin Field and our theme is "Super Heroes Against Cancer."  Everyone is a hero in the fight against cancer!  

If you have never heard of this night, simply other than the title, I challenge you to just come this time and experience for yourself the glory this field holds, because of survivors, cancer patients, caregivers, and participants.  Like I was the first time, you'll be amazed a the massive caring and embracing of all types of people drawn together with a common trait and mission to end the fight against this deadly disease that's already taken too much.  It affects us all is some sort of one way or another and it is OUR DUTY to find a cure and become knowledgeable on prevention and early detection.  

The most amazing thing I've learned, rather joining a team or not, is how funds are raised and tax deductible gifts are donated toward paying for patients cosmetic and travel expenses and other ways to assist them through their process of treatments.  

Finding out where the dollars go and even seeing the logistics side of it all for the last two years has brought me to increasing my activity and creating my own team this year.  But even if you're not comfortable with joining a team at first you can still join the fight and even share in other events.  

Last year I visited Anderson County and walked the track, met and talked with team members, bought raffle tickets and even went to Palestine Regional Medical Center's luncheon fundraiser, so I must say how intriguing it was to see other people passionate about RFL, too!  So go check out what it's all about, either here, your county or any other county in Texas by viewing the roster at RelayForLife.org, because it is fulfilling and you'll be glad you did.  

Cancer is everywhere, all around us, so getting involved in any county's Relay is worth everything to someone and will mean something to you!

Kathi Davis

Rusk

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