Shouldn’t you be in Lake Arthur?
If you are at home this evening – Friday evening – reading this editorial, then the Jennings Daily News would like you to know that there is some place else you need to be.
The Lake Arthur beach is the place to be right now, and will be the place to be until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Because the Jeff Davis Parish Relay for Life is being held there, and not only are you missing great food, music and lots of fun, but you are also missing the opportunity to support local cancer survivors and the American Cancer Society’s quest to find a cancer cure.
Shortly after 6 p.m., local cancer survivors will take the stage to share their stories with those in attendance. Once it’s over, there’s never a dry eye in the house.
Cancer survivors start walking. They walk for a cure.
It’s an emotional sight, to see so many who have been directly impacted by such a devastating disease. The walk symbolizes their courage to continue fighting, and we should all be at this event to support such a march.
The entertainment will come to a temporary halt for another emotional event – the luminary ceremony.
At this time, bags of candle-lit vigils will line the boardwalk so that everyone can see the names – names of those who lost their fight against cancer as well as those who continue to fight.
The luminaries remind all those in attendance that cancer is not an adult’s disease – it has no age limit.
It also has no compassion. You will see families holding one another, sobbing for the lives lost to cancer. You will see friends crying over the pal who had to leave too soon.
While so many tears are shed at this event, it also marks a time to rejoice.
Each step taken during the relay puts us one step closer to finding a cancer cure.
So get off of your couch, get in your car and take that drive to Lake Arthur.
We promise, it’s a night you won’t soon forget.
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