Relay for Life reflects fight back attitude of cancer patients

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lincoln County is just around the corner. If you haven’t already, please register your team today by emailing Relayforlifeoflincolncounty@gmail.com. This “celebration of life” brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer and symbolizes the fight patients face after they are diagnosed with the disease.

This year the Relay For Life of Lincoln County will be a six hour team effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services. “Cancer does not stop when the sun goes down,” said Carolyn Woods, Relay For Life chair. “So we’re not going to stop at dusk either. We hope the Lincoln County community will join us in this fight.”

Relay For Life of Lincoln County will begin at 7 p.m. with the Survivor and Caregiver lap following at 7:15 p.m. The Relay for Life will end in the early morning hours (1 a.m.) of the following day. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotions and mental state of cancer patients while undergoing treatment.

The Relay begins when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the time that people are diagnosed with cancer. The day is getting darker, and this represents the cancer patients’ state of mind as they endure the emotions of facing this deadly disease.

As the evening goes on, it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of cancer patients do. The night hours represent the time when cancer patients start treatment. They become exhausted, some sick, not wanting to go on, and possibly wanting to give up. Participants in Relay feel much the same way while walking during these hours. They cannot or should not stop or give up; just as cancer patients cannot stop or give up.

As the closing ceremony for our Relay will take place about 1 a.m., this will signify the time the cancer Survivors see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life will go on. For everyone knows the morning light brings a new day, full of life and excitement and HOPE. Participants will feel the HOPE that only morning can bring. They will know the end of the Relay is close at hand.

When participants leave the Relay, they can think of cancer patients leaving their last treatment. Just as participants are exhausted and weak, so are individuals after treatment.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lincoln County takes place from 6 p.m. on Friday, August 2 until the Closing Ceremonies at 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 3 at Clont’s Field, Highway 47 in Troy, Mo. Information about how to form a team or become involved is available from the American Cancer Society at 314-286-8163 or by emailing Kanna Taylor at Kanna.Taylor@cancer.org.

For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

There is still time to honor or remember a friend of loved one by purchasing a Luminaria in their name. Each luminaria purchased is a minimum $5 donation. For more information on purchasing a luminaria to honor or remember your loved ones during the Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m., please mail your contact information along with the names of those being honored/remembered and enclose $5 for each luminaria to:

 

RFL of Lincoln County

Attn: Joyce Noble

38 Sunrise Drive

Winfield, Mo., 63389

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 9:49 am