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By Elisabeth Teitelman, Contributor

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Relay raises money for cancer patients

You were expecting results from your last appointment. You get a phone call from your doctor.  You hear the ring, and pick up your phone carelessly. He explains to you your results, and then says the words no one wishes to hear: “I’m so sorry. You have cancer.”

Thankfully, organizations such as Relay for Life are around to help individuals through this rough time.

Relay for life is a nonprofit organization that helps to raise money for past, present and future cancer patients. Through donations, the National Cancer Society collects money for all people ever affected by cancer.

“Relay for Life is an opportunity for me to give back to those people who have been told, ‘You have cancer,’” Angela Arp, Wylie East Relay for Life team captain and teacher, said.

Relay for Life originated in May, 1985. Dr. Gordon Klatt originally started Relay for Life. The next year, the first actual Relay event took place in Tacoma, Wash.

“I have been involved in Relay since my freshman year. It is glorious and it gives life to those who need it,” sophomore Caroline Witty said.

Over the past 28 years, Relay has spread to over 20 countries and over 5,200 communities worldwide.

“I would definitely encourage others to join a Relay team or attend the Relay event,” Arp said.

The event kicks off with a lap around the track solely for individuals who have won the battle against cancer and for family members who have lost loved ones because of it.

“I remember walking for about five minutes, and although we didn’t say a word to each other, it was one of ‘those’ moments I will never forget,” Arp said.

During the Relay event teams take place in various games, activities and entertainment opportunities. This event creates life long memories and experiences.

“Last year I was taking pictures. A young girl who happened to be a cancer survivor looked at me smiling and said, ‘I will survive and help others like me,’” Witty said.

Relay for Life is an opportunity to give back to people who have had cancer affect their life in any way. If you would like to get involved, contact Relay for Life or ask Mrs. Arp or Mrs. Maxwell for details.

“It gives me a sense of pride in knowing that my small gesture of walking around a track is so symbolic and supportive of those in the fight of cancer,” Arp said.

The event takes place at Shaffer Stadium, May 10 and 11, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.




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