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This is the motto of Relay for Life and has become my motto in the past several years.
At this time of year, I find myself still concerned about “the fight.”
I think this happens because of “remembering” my grandparents – Raymond and Kathleen Duncan. I miss them terribly around the holidays and I know I’m not alone in that. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows that grief doesn’t take holidays.
Cancer doesn’t take holidays either. It never stops; it’s not something we should only think of during Relay season. It should be paramount in our minds year round.
One of the things my grandparents taught me was to find the good within the bad. They were involved in Relay for Life during their battle against cancer. They fought back and they fought with a spirit that amazed me. They didn’t complain when things got bad or even when they got worse. They simply found the strength within to keep fighting.
Relay for Life is a year-long fund-raising effort that culminates in June with a 12-hour event held at the Actaris Field. It brings together hundreds of family members, friends, coworkers and churches in our community, to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and ease the suffering this disease brings. Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
Dr. Gordy Klatt began Relay for Life as just one man trying to make a difference. Recently a young man in Owenton scheduled and hosted his own fund-raiser and generated almost $200.
Everyone’s reason to relay is different. I’m fighting back, I’m fighting with the spirit my grandparents instilled in me.
I challenge each of you during this holiday to be that one person making a difference. I encourage each of you to celebrate this Christmas season; remember your loved one this year by making a contribution in their honor so that the fight may continue.
For more information on the American Cancer Society or Relay for Life, call (800)ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org
Owen County Relay for Life
P.O. Box 474
Owenton, KY 40359