Letter to the Editor: Supporting Relay for Life helps neighbors and our community

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A Race to the Finish ... but there will be no finish until there is a cure.  So we must keep pressing on to finish this war on cancer.  
This community has been great over the years to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
I hope that you will continue to come out and support this event, May 23, at the Itron Field located beside the Owen County Extension Service Building.  
The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The luminaria ceremony is at 10 p.m.
I know there are a lot of organizations vying for your hard-earned dollar. However, for 100 years the American Cancer Society has been saving lives and creating a world with less cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
To me, this event is more than the money that we give, it is a community’s way of showing support.  
I was reminded of that when I started not to participate this year.
My relay team member, Pam Brock, who is also an eight-year cancer survivor, knows personally what is like to go through treatments and to receive encouragement from friends and family. She reciprocates that support to others whom she knows who are going through treatment.  So this is why we Relay.  
Please join us at this Big Pep Rally.  
You can even get started early with this rally, by “Painting the Town (and the County) Purple.”
Put some purple on your door, on your window, on your porch, on your vehicle, on your dog and even on you. You don’t have to use actual paint, use purple flowers, ribbon, cloth, etc.  It is a great way to show cancer survivors how much you care.
Another way to show you care is to purchase a luminaria and dedicate it to a loved one who is battling this disease or what a wonderful way to remember a loved one this Memorial Day weekend.
I will be setup with luminaria forms at the Farmers Market this Friday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. and at the Owen County Historical Society Museum, 2:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.  Luminaria are $5 each; or there are a few Lanterns of Love left – they are $20 each. If paying by check, please make check to the American Cancer Society.  
Also, there are a lot of organizations vying for our time, but being a volunteer to help individuals and their family who are going through cancer treatment is so needed and appreciated.  We were blessed as a community to have our own Cancer Resource Center at the hospital.  
Due to lack of volunteers, it has been closed for awhile.  It is possible, though, to reopen this for our community.  If you have four hours (or more) a month, and are willing to receive a little bit of training, please let our ACS Representative know.  Her name is Kelsey Lewis. Contact her by email at Kelsey.lewis@cancer.org , or call at 502-395-0190.  
Cancer patients need blood products, too.  Be a donor.  The Kentucky Blood Center will be setup at Relay for Life in the Learning Center at Itron, Inc. from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 23.
Although not required, you can schedule your appointment to donate at kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.  
If you tell them at your donation that you would rather they donate $5 to our relay instead of giving you a shirt or gift, you will be helping two ways – giving blood and giving money.  
Thank you.  Let’s get revved up for the Race for Life!
Teresa Swigert
Team Captain - The Sisters Act Relay Team