Virtually everyone is touched by cancer at some point in their lives. It is a horrible, mathematical reality that nearly every living person will either develop some sort of cancer — according to the American Cancer Society, half of all men and one-third of women — or know someone who will.
Cancer can be crippling, painful, exhausting, and devastating for those suffering with it as well as for those who love and care for them. It can be heartbreaking, especially when it affects young poeple who should have whole, long lives stretching out before them.
But cancer can also be a source of strength and triumph for those who fight back and survive. Looking death in the eye can be frightening, but it can also be liberating. It teaches us what is important and what is not. It reminds us of the importance of connections and the support of others. It reminds us to notice the little, beautiful miracles that surround us every day, to appreciate moments and to make and cherish memories.
Relay for Life is one way to fight back. This Saturday night through Sunday morning, hundreds of people in scores of teams will walk the track at Weston High School for 15 hours in support of those with cancer and those who care for them. It is a celebration of cancer survivorship, a call to action, a chance to educate, and an opportunity to honor, remember, and mourn.
Join them if you can. The atmosphere is always hopeful and invigorating, sobering, yet inspirational.
This year, the Weston Relay for Life offers a special opportunity to get directly involved in helping to erradicate cancer forever. The American Cancer Society is conducting a new research study, the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Weston’s Relay for Life was chosen from among hundreds of locations to be a registration site for the study. Men and women between 30 and 65 who have no history of cancer can register on Saturday and become test subjects in the study.
Nationwide, since its inception in the 1980s, Relay for Life events have not only brought cancer out of the darkness and into the public consciousness, they have raised millions of dollars for cancer research and for support services for those battling the disease.
Go online (relayforlife.org/westonwestportct), ask around, find a team or a person to sponsor and give what you can.