Relay for Life is bittersweet
Attending the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life can be a very powerful and emotional experience.
Everyone we know and everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way. The reason Relay is so powerful is because, sadly, we can all share in it somehow.
A truly monumental amount of work goes into preparing the one-night event, so we take our hats off to all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes all year long to make one special night.
We thank those who found it within themselves to donate time and money to the worthy cause. We thank those who came out just to see what it was all about.
Relay for Life has been a pet cause of the Jennings Daily News for a while now, and it’s something that’s touched each of us personally. And it’s a very bittersweet night because while it is a night of triumph – people coming together to battle this disease – it’s a night of sorrow because not every soldier comes home from that war. It is a reminder of those who are fighting and those who had to lay down their weapons.
Ultimately, however, the feelings surrounding Relay are those of hope. People participate because they have faith a cure is within reach. It’s going to require a lot of work and a lot of heart, but hope gives us strength.
The people who put on this event are true heroes, because they provide hope through long odds.
They fight cancer, not because they it wins them any fortune or fame, but because they have a passion for helping people. They give, and in the end, others benefit. That’s what heroes are.
If you weren’t able to make it to the Relay, don’t worry. You can still donate to the American Cancer Society in Jeff Davis Parish’s name. You can visit www.relayforlife.org and make your donation online.
You can talk to members of the various Relay teams and make a late donation. You can join in the fight, and you can help save lives.
Heroes, after all, come in many forms.
As always, we look forward to next year’s Relay, and to those who organized this weekend’s event, you should be proud of the work you have done.
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