This is why we Relay

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2011

According to the American Cancer Society, about half of all men and one-third of all women in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetimes. It is one of the few diseases for which there is currently no cure.
The Relay For Life is an annual campaign to raise funds for cancer cure research, and the 2012 Decatur County Relay For Life is already planned for April 20, 2012, at Bainbridge Middle School’s track, starting at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Colors of Cancer,” and focuses on the various cancers that affect our loved ones — including ovarian, kidney, prostate and many others.
Earlier this year, the Relay For Life collected approximately $59,642 — or $2.07 for every man, woman and child that lives in the county. Relay organizers have not set a specific goal for this year, but in the past have tried to reach a $3 per capita benchmark, and there’s no reason we can’t do it this year.
Cancer is a disease that affects all of us. Either we have it, or we know someone who has it. Many of us have lost loved ones to the scourge of cancer. We can all do our part to fight for a cure.
If you’d like to participate in a team, or just want more information about the 2012 Relay, call Chealsea Austin at (229) 446-1073, or email chealsea.austin@cancer.org.