February is National Cancer Prevention Month, so I thought it would be a good time to write this letter.
For the past 15 years or so, I’ve participated in the Decatur County Relay for Life. My reasons have been many, especially in 2008 when I became a caregiver to my dad who was fighting liver cancer. He didn’t win that battle, but I won’t stop relaying for him and the countless others that have faced or will face this terrible disease. Stopping is not an option!
During the last 15 years, I’ve seen teams and participants come and go. Sometimes they’re families or groups of co-workers who participate for a certain person or companies that sponsor a team, then all of a sudden they’re gone. I would like to ask that you please come back to Relay!
If your special person lost the battle, Relay in their memory. If they survived, Relay in their honor and ask them to join as a survivor! If your employer stopped sponsoring, ask them to get involved again. Believe me when I say I know how hard it is to be there sometimes, as it was in 2009 when I couldn’t bear to watch the Luminary Ceremony; however it was still important for me to participate for the next dad or mom or child that would benefit from the research that is funded by Relays everywhere, so I stayed.
I’ve heard comments over the last 15 years that the money raised at Relay doesn’t stay local, so here are some facts:
Did you know there is a wig bank at Main Attraction on Main Street in Greensburg where they provide stylish wigs at no cost to the patient? Patty Stephens will teach you to style, care for and apply the wig for maximum comfort!
Have you heard of the Road to Recovery program? If a patient needs help with rides to treatment, this program is available right here in Decatur County!
What about the Look Good–Fell Better program available through Decatur County Memorial Hospital? This program offers classes that help cancer patients learn about proper (healthful) make-up application, specific products that will work with treatment medications and how to use sanitary techniques.
Also, recently a new support group was started at DCMH on the second Tuesday of each month. You can call 663-1301 to learn more about that. So, as you can see, the money raised at Relay and other American Cancer Society events does help locally!
We need more teams, new Relayers and past teams, we need you back.
Please consider participating in the 2014 Decatur County Relay for Life scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and continuing until 10 a.m. June 29.
It’s just a mere 20 hours that could help give someone you love another birthday.
For more information, contact Vickie Emberton at 812-593-1550, Dorene Greiwe at 812-593-2811 or Angie Dilkes at 812-593-1553.
Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The Relay website is www.decaturcountyrelayforlife.com.