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Relay for Life kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Elementary

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By Special to The Banner

The Trimble County Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Elementary School. The event is set to run through the evening and early morning hours until 7 a.m., Saturday, June 16, with numerous booths, a survivors’ walk and lots of fun for the whole family.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a community event that allows individuals the opportunities to celebrate cancer survivors, remember the loved ones they have lost to the disease and fight back to eliminate cancer.

Relay for Life starts at early dusk and ends the next day. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotions and mental state of the cancer patient while undergoing treatment.

The Relay begins when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the time that the person has been diagnosed as having cancer. The day is getting darker and this represents the cancer patient’s state of mind as they feel that their life is coming to an end.

As the evening goes on it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of the cancer patient do. Around 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. represents the time when the cancer patients start treatments. They become exhausted, some sick, not wanting to go on, possibly wanting to go on, possibly wanting to give up. As a participant you have been walking and feel much the same way. You are tired, want to sleep, maybe even go home, but you cannot. You cannot stop or give up, just as the cancer patient can’t stop or give up.

Around 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. symbolizes the coming of the end of treatment for the cancer patient. Once again they are tired, but they know they will make it.

The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life will go on. The morning light brings on a new day full of life and excitement for new beginnings for the cancer patient. As a participant, you will feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of the Relay is close at hand.

When you leave the Relay, think of the cancer patient leaving their last treatment. Just as you are exhausted and weak, so is that person after treatment.

Remember: There is no finish line until we find a cure!

The money raised through the Relay for Life helps save lives and create more birthdays by helping your family stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Last year, the participants of the Relay of Life of Trimble County raised over $10,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

There are many ways to contribute to Relay. You can participate as an individual, as a survivor, as part of a team, or as a Relay sponsor. There are also volunteer opportunities with the Relay Committee.

Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society is creating a world with more birthdays where cancer can’t claim another year of a person’s life.

For more information about the Relay, contact Anissa Brown, American Cancer Society Community Representative, at 502-560-6019, or by email at anissa.snyder@cancer.org.