When a disease as devastating as cancer comes into your life, the threat is real, frightening and oftentimes isolating. The need for information, expertise and support is acute, as is the need to pool together the forces needed to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Ideally, as the medical community intervenes, a social network of families and friends convenes.
Even if we aren't affected by the disease on a personal level, every case of cancer should become a concern for each of us because no community and no family is immune. And no cancer victim should feel isolated in the battle.
One person can make a difference.
This is the principle on which Relay For Life was founded. Since then it's become a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved loves lost to the devastating diseases and fight back.
Our community will join the effort on Friday at the Sistersville City Park, and everyone is encouraged to attend to support this worthy cause. Registration beings at 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies kicking off around 7 p.m. Activities will continue throughout the night.
There are many moments that create the Relay experience including the survivors' lap around the relay course to celebrate victories in the fight against cancer, and the poignant Luminaria Ceremony to remember those who confronted this disease so valiantly and with such courage - but not all moment are solemn. Relay is also about having fun. This year's event - A Carnival of Hope - will feature music, food, games and a Cornhole tournament to keep Relayers entertained.
The goal of this year's committee is to raise at least $32,000 - this is money that can be used to support friends, families and neighbors locally who are battling cancer.
So join us Friday and Saturday, and make a difference.