Tuesday, January 29, 2013

C is for Cancer

The ABC Wednesday Meme is a great way to see some great blogs. This week the letter is "C".  C is for Cancer.

A couple of weeks ago, my Mom was diagnosed with cancer.  All of a sudden, the work that I have done with Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society came sharply into focus.  It became even more personal.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.  It is the top non-profit fundraising event in the world with over 5,200 events in the U.S. and with events in countries around the world.

I have been involved in Relay For Life since 2007. The number one reason I became involved 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.  To read her story click here.

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. Six 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 few of years ago. I lost not only an uncle, but a friend and someone who was willing to help anytime. Since then my sister-in-law Lenora lost her long battle with cancer.  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.

Now with my Mom's diagnosis, I have even more reasons to work hard in my positions with my local Relay For Life of Polk County, Arkansas and on the Arkansas State Relay For Life Leadership Council.  The procedure that she is having done has only been available for a few years.  For me it is just one more proof that funding cancer research is so vitally important!

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. You can go to the Relay For Life website and search for an event near you.

For more cancer info be sure to check out cancer.org and the Polk County Relay For Life blog.


  1. Very poignant post Richie. I'm sorry that your Mom has the disease too.
    I am so grateful for the new treatments that are available now and trust they will be beneficial to your Mom and others like her.
    Terrific post with a lot of personal meaning.

  2. Best to your mom. my dad died of prostate cancer in 2000.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. This is so important! sigh! my father died from none smokers lung cancer 3 years ago. Never smoked a day in his life . . .he didn't live with smokers he just died from lung cancer. My aunt has Lung cancer now. . . she smoked - but really to me it doesn't matter - no one deserves cancer its so horrible! there is a LOT of cancer in my family too. Sad really ` I'm glad your such an advocate.

  4. Oh my gosh! I do send you my best wishes. Cancer is as hard on the loved ones as it is on the beloved. I know as my man went thru CHEMO for colon cancer a couple of years ago. We still live with the threat that it could return somewhere else, but for now we live day to day. I do hope your mom is able to conquer this hideous disease.

    abcw team

  5. We lost three love ones to a cancer. Will be praying for your Mom.

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  6. My prayers and best wishes are with your mom.

  7. Ah.. I have many family members who have died of various cancers. My best wishes to you and your family. "Relay for life" sounds like a very good thing.

    Regards from Tania

  8. I hope your Mother's cancer treatment goes well. They can do so much more nowadays than in the past, thanks to organisations like this.
    Joy - ABC Team