Thursday, October 30, 2008

Why I Relay

Working on the Relay For Life Float

Yesterday we had the first Relay For Life committee meeting of the new season. We started planning for the Relay to be held here in Mena in April 2009. Our committee is small. but is a fantastic group to work with. I want to share the reasons that I am a part of Relay For Life.

I am involved in Relay For Life for a number of reasons. The number one reason is because my wife is passionate about Relay. She has such a passion for Relay For Life that it rubs off on those around her. Her passion stems from her family history. Her mother died of cancer when Gina was just 21 years old. Her father had colon cancer, and all three of her sisters have had breast cancer. She is the only person in her immediate family that is cancer free.

Several years ago, Gina's sister Roberta got involved with Relay For Life in Enumclaw, Washington. For a number of years, Gina would travel to Enumclaw to be a part of Relay For Life there. Two years ago, we learned that Polk County was going to have a Relay. We got involved in the 2007 Relay, and have been involved ever since.

My uncle, Delbert Lawry, died from cancer a couple of years ago. I lost not only an uncle, but a friend and someone who was willing to help anytime. I have come to realize the importance of the work that the American Cancer Society does. It is involved in research, prevention, and helping those who are dealing with cancer.

Just about everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Relay For Life is a fun way to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. There is probably no other cause that a person can support that touches more lives. Relay celebrates those who have battled cancer, it remembers those who have fallen, and it provides a way to fight back. That is why I am proud to be a part of Relay For Life. I hope that you will be a part of Relay For Life too.

I have started a Polk County Relay For Life blog. It will become more active as we get nearer to the Relay next year. You can find the blog here.


  1. A most worthy cause, Richard. Thanks!

    Pat, thyroid cancer(1962) and colon cancer (1981)survivor

  2. A very worthy cause. Sounds like you and your wife put your hearts in it and I am sure your group feels blessed to have you!

  3. Great posting for a great cause. I too am a cancer survivor (lymphoma) and of course still go to check-ups, which are always stressful beforehand. I also participated in a Relay for Life near my mother's when I was in the States. More power to you all.

  4. I am going to look up the local one for this area. For some reason, I thought of you and your granddaughters on my way home from work tonight. So I prayed for you! Hope you are doing well!