Craig Editorial Board
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
- Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
- Allan Reishus, community representative
- Chris Runyan, community representative
- Ken Wergin, community representative
We haven't seen people come together like this for a long time.
It feels good.
As much as we want to thank the Craig Relay for Life committee for its efforts - and we absolutely do, because nothing would be possible without its dedication - we have to take a step back and recognize this community.
The 2008 Relay has raised about $103,000 so far.
That's almost $50,000 more than what committee members hoped for and tops the personal goal they set for themselves.
There are a few more than 9,000 people in town, which means, on average, every person in town donated about $10 apiece.
That kind of contribution is nigh unheard of, no matter what cause or city.
It's kind of shocking to see how much we all can do with $10.
And that just makes us proud.
It's not only the money, either.
About 800 people showed up to walk Saturday and Sunday at Moffat County High School. They walked all night, and no one had to tell them.
They trudged on after midnight. Took step after step in the blankest hours before dawn.
From the look of it, people wanted to be there.
It makes us wonder what else the community could do.
Could we, for instance, come together with this kind of support for other causes? Perhaps local causes?
As Relay organizers said, cancer does not know boundaries.
This community, like every community, has its own soldiers fighting different battles with their bodies.
They're not cheap battles.
One member of this board has a relative who has been cancer-free for three years. We are humbled by that and have no words adequate for what that means.
After cancer, though, life goes on.
Can we do something to help local cancer patients and survivors survive their medical costs?
After this weekend, we think we can.
Thank you, Craig. We have the faith.