Be part of a greater good

Published 10:01 am Friday, June 1, 2018

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States this year, there will be 1,735,350 new cancer cases and 609,640 deaths attributed to the disease. Also according to the agency’s calculation, that’s three new cases and one death each minute; or 4,750 new cases and 1,670 deaths every day; or 144,610 new cases and 50,800 deaths each month.

That’s reason enough to continue the fight against cancer. The best way that any of us individually and collectively can help in research and treatment is through Relay For Life.

You can help contribute to all of that at this weekend’s event. 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.

It’s 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 recourse. It’s emotional because the survivors’ lap and luminaria ceremony provide an opportunity to remember and reflect. Note that this year, the evening event has been postponed in consideration for inclement weather. The new date is still to be determined.

You can be a part of Relay, even if you haven’t participated in any of the preliminary events. Just show up on Saturday and take part.

We bet you’ll be inspired to become a bigger part of the event next year, whether as a team member, team captain or volunteer.

The Relay will take place at Armory Field in Franklin, with the Survivor’s Lap at 10 a.m. For details, contact Cindy Cotton at or 617-9743.