Letter: Relay For Life event great, but cancer battle’s not over

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 06:20 PM

Editor:

I recently experienced my first Relay For Life. This a major fund raiser in Sevier County to combat cancer.It  took place at Patriot Park May 31 and June 1, and reminded me of the County Fair.

It seemed like just about every business, politician, and any prominant person living and working in the county had a part in the event. We everyday people were invited too. I was pleased to hear that Sevier County leads the whole state of Tennessee in this fund raising effort.

About 35 years ago, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, it was just about a death sentence to have it. My mom lasted about 11 months, all the while receiving treatments. Many of us have lost friends and loved ones to cancer.

“Bark for Life” is scheduled at the Sevier County Fairgrounds on June 22nd. Yes, dogs too get cancer. About 10 years ago out family pet, a beagle named “Wiggles,” succumbed to cancer. This event is an additional fundraiser for cancer research.

The emphasis of Relay For Life is surviving cancer. I encountered lots of people who had survived a battle with cancer. Some have survived 30 years or more, down to my daughter who has survived six months.

Cancer survivers were introduced and each received a medallion to wear around their neck. I didn’t count the cancer suvivors, but there were many.

I understand that research is succeeding and cures are being found for cancer. St. Jude’s Hospital at Memphis is having lots of success, but not 100 percent. It is necessary to continue the efforts to find cures for this dreaded disease. The battle is not over.

George L. Fowler

Sevierville