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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Help fight cancer as a community

 

February 26, 2013



Think about the three people that you love most in this world. Think of all of the reasons why you love them—their smile, their kind heart, the way they make you laugh. Now imagine how devastated you would be if one of those people told you they have just been diagnosed with cancer.

The truth is, one in three people will get a cancer diagnosis within their lifetime, so odds are, that someone you love will be one of those people. Or it could be you, someone they love.

Wouldn’t you do anything for them? Wouldn’t you trade places with them if you could?

While we can’t trade places with them we can work together to help create a world without cancer, so that those odds can change and maybe only one in 10 people will get cancer and hopefully someday, no one will get that dreaded disease.

Cancer patients need us to give them hope—hope that they will kick this terrible disease, hope that someday there will be a cure, hope that tomorrow they will feel just a little bit better than they did yesterday.

Lake Stevens is blessed to have a way to give past, present and future cancer patients that hope. It’s as simple as joining or creating a team to walk on the track for 24 hours, raising a little bit of money and joining Relay for Life of Lake Stevens.

It’s really not that hard and in the last two years folks in Lake Stevens have raised over $225,000 to help the fight against cancer.

There have been bake sales, scrapbook nights, everything from scented candles to purses to jewelry sold. All in an effort to raise money to give people hope!

This year’s Relay for Life event will be held on Friday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to Saturday, May 11 at 4 p.m. It is actually only 22 hours this year and let me tell you, it’s a weekend you don’t want to miss!

There is so much that goes on during those few precious hours that if you haven’t joined Relay before, you will soon find out what you’re missing.

Survivors are honored with the Survivor Lap—the first lap around the track. They line the track in their purple shirts and walk proudly with their caregivers. Some even limp along, as they are currently fighting the disease. Others have been cancer free for decades.

It’s a heart-warming walk of pride for not only the survivors but for all who are participating.

At 10 p.m. on Friday, there will be the Luminaria ceremony. This ceremony is touching in so many ways. We remember those we have lost, pray for those still fighting and hope for a cure so that no one has to hear those dreaded words, “You have cancer!”

If you have ever thought about joining in this community-wide effort, now is the time to sign-up.

Just go to http://www.relayforlife.org/lakestevenswa and create or join a team.

Come to the team meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Fire District Conference Center on South Lake Stevens Rd. (You can sign up at those meetings as well.) You will learn what Relay is all about and how you can make a difference. Your efforts may even change the life of someone you know!

 

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