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Our View: Facing cancer

An old woman is dying of it. She is angry life has to end this way.

A middle-aged man has it, fearful his life may end too soon. He is angry he may not see his grandchildren grow.

And there is a little girl who has been diagnosed with it.

She carries a weight many adults struggle to bear – that cancer is part of her life, and she has to fight to overcome it.

All three examples are hypothetical.

Yet, when you listen to the stories and examples of cancer survivors and/or friends and families of cancer victims, all three are close to reality. A little too close.

The examples could very well be you or someone you love. And there are countless other stories of people dealing with cancer.

The fact is, cancer affects almost everyone in some way or another. If you have never had someone you know be diagnosed with cancer, you’re truly lucky.

For the rest of us, however, cancer has a face – loved ones who either have died or, if we’re lucky, battled and defeated the disease.

On Friday and Saturday, there will be a different face of cancer. The faces of those trying to find a cure.

These faces will be lit up by the glow of luminarias – candle-lit bags with the names of cancer survivors and victims – they will stream tears, and they will create smiles at Craig’s first American Cancer Society Relay For Life event.

These community members will walk in memory or in honor of cancer victims and survivors, seeking to raise money to find a cure, traversing lap after lap around the Moffat County High School track throughout the night. The reason: Cancer never sleeps, and on that night, nor will the teams who donate their time to this worthy cause.

The Moffat County community also has responded, raising $31,000 to this point for cancer research. More is expected to come during the final days leading up to the event.

That shatters the goal of $20,000 that was first hoped for by event organizers.

Still, it’s not enough. It will never be enough until our loved ones are safe. There is more that all of us can do.

There still is time to donate money, sign up to walk with an existing team, purchase luminarias and volunteer with setup and/or clean up of the event.

There still is time.

Let’s do what we can to first alleviate, and someday eradicate, this disease.

The editorial board encourages everyone to look in the mirror and see what each of us can do. Because the next time you look in the mirror, the face of cancer could be yours.

To donate time or money, call Elisa Hayes at 824-6574.


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