The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 12, 2012

Go purple

Friday the 13th will be a great day because of Relay

An awesome, empowering event returns this Friday at Crossroads Mall. Hundreds will gather once again for the annual Raleigh County Relay For Life.

Established to raise awareness, honor survivors and collect funds for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life events are held far and wide across America.

If you’ve never been to a Relay you’ve missed out what can be an emotional, yet highly rewarding experience that focuses on the positives and possibilities in our fight against cancer.

People associated with the Relay itself, and fundraising events that precede them every year, use descriptions like “amazing, life-changing, blessed” and other like terms as they describe their involvement.

Cancer certainly touches all of our lives in some fashion, but the battle continues every day for developing better treatments and for finding cures to the many forms of the disease.

It wasn’t that long ago that when someone was stricken with cancer they may have had little or no hope for survival.

Today, the strides and progress that have been made through never-ending research and study gives us all hope.

There are now countless stories of the grit, determination and belief — all unique in their own way — that are being told by cancer survivors.

On Friday at 7 p.m., opening ceremonies begin and many survivors will be there to take a victory lap at 7:15. A luminary service will be held at dusk. The event continues throughout the night and wee hours of Saturday morning before concluding at 5:30 a.m.

So go purple Friday, and if you can make it to Crossroads Mall that evening, you will definitely experience a happening that shows us why we still have faith in our society to survive no matter what.


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