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!