Celebrate life with Relay

Published 9:47 am Friday, June 5, 2015

There are nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, a number that is estimated to increase to almost 19 million by 2024, according to the American Cancer Society. This estimate includes everyone who has ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of their life.

The rate of cancer deaths is in a steep decline, the organization also says, and the sheer amount of research, education and patient care and support provided by the society is unparalleled in America.

You can help contribute to that at this weekend’s Relay For Life. Money raised supports millions of dollars’ worth of research into causes, prevention and treatment; education on how to reduce your risk and the importance of getting screened early; support for patients and their caregivers as they’re fighting the disease; and more.

Relay is at once a fun, empowering and emotional event. It’s fun because there is plenty of entertainment and activities; empowering because survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease feel like they’re fighting back against an evil to which they have no other resources; and emotional because the survivors’ lap and luminaria ceremony provide an opportunity to remember and reflect.

You, too, can be a part of Relay, even if you haven’t participated in any of the preliminary events. Just show up to Franklin’s Armory Field this Saturday. We’re sure you’ll be inspired to become a bigger part of the event moving forward, be it as a team member, team captain or volunteer.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/FranklinSouthamptonVA, or search Relay For Life Franklin-Southampton on Facebook and Instagram.