Fight against cancer carries on

Published 10:48 am Friday, June 10, 2016

Last weekend, many residents in Franklin and Southampton County came together for a cause that in one way or another has united them: Relay For Life. That’s the popular community-driven fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that involves people contributing not only money, but also more importantly their time and talents to raise awareness about cancer.

If you’ve ever participated in a Relay, you know they can be a lot like local fairs. Often taking place at a school track or soccer field, tents are set up for different activities and vendors. Usually there’s music of some kind. Always there’s food — you can’t march to battle on an empty stomach.

Another constant is the solemn recognition of cancer survivors and even their caregivers.

All in all, the Relays bring out the best in people who seek an end to a disease that disrupts and ends lives.

As a result of its recent efforts, the Western Tidewater community has reportedly raised close to $70,000, which will go toward research for seeking a cure to cancer in its many forms. The money also can be directed for education, outreach and treatment.

If somehow you missed out on Franklin and Southampton’s effort, not to worry. There’s another opportunity for you beginning tonight with an opening ceremony at 6 o’clock.

Isle of Wight Academy on Courthouse Highway will host the Isle of Wight and Surry counties’ Relay. To learn more, visit