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To the editor:
"Party Like It's 2012" is the theme for the 2012
Relay for Life in Logan County, and for survivors that is a cause
for celebrating -- they can claim "one more birthday!"
Those who have experienced the fright of hearing "you have
cancer" from their doctor are now turning that into a fight for
getting to celebrate one more birthday, and many have just been
given that call to fight as recently as this month.
Because of the support of the Relay for Life teams through the
American Cancer Society and the supporters in Logan County, we are
an ever-present support system all year. Rides are provided to
treatments or other appointments; there are donations of hairpieces,
wigs and medications; and always the listening ear for the lonely
phone call, or a hug or pat on the shoulder.
On this occasion, a survivor shirt and pin that symbolizes one
more year a winner is also a plus. All this is supported with your
donations to Logan County (donations made to the national are not
available for the county work, but go for national program and
research 70-plus percent -- even then only 7 cents goes to overhead
and 20-plus percent goes to fund Relays and other awareness
The Relay is a time when celebration and a true awareness of the
progress that has been made is evident as survivors walk the first
lap -- some with help, some very tediously, some vibrant with new
life and some in remission -- a real cause to celebrate! And then
others join in support until 6 early the next morning -- walkers on
the track all night, 12 hours.
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At 9, when the luminaria are lit in total silence, the track is
full again in the glow of the light in each bag, signifying and
remembering with each step the life of one who is celebrating
another year, another birthday, but also remembering the fight given
by those whose names are lit in memory -- and we remember so many of
all ages, in family, friends, neighbors or co-workers who have
touched our lives. (Luminia are $10 and can be bought until 9 Friday
night at the Relay.)
You are invited to join this celebration -- beginning 6 p.m.
Friday, June 15, through 6 a.m. Saturday, June 16, in the Lincoln
Center at Lincoln College in Lincoln -- and help our survivors
celebrate one more birthday and provide funds for more research and
cures so this disease can be eliminated.
I invite you to keep them in your prayers and each day join me as
I give thanks that I/you have not heard those frightful words --
"you have cancer." Come to the Relay party!
Esther Boward and Tonita Reifsteck; co-survivor chairs
June 14, 2012]
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