Hundreds of people will gather at the Moorefield Town Park this Saturday, Aug. 12, to continue the fight against Cancer.
This disease has affected nearly every family you know, either a relative or a friend. It is very slowly being brought under control, but the statistics are still staggering and the fight must continue. It will be events like these Relays, held all over the country, which help fund research.
In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US.
This year in West Virginia, the ACS also estimates that there will be 11,690 cases of all types of cancer and there will be an estimated 4,780 deaths.
In 2016 there were estimated to be 107,520 cancer survivors in West Virginia. That’s the good news. As is the fact that from 1991 until 2010 there was a 20 percent decline in the cancer death rate. Plus the 5-year survival rate also continues to improve.
Good news, yes, but this isn’t good enough.
[private] Too many good people now have or have had cancer. Some are among the blessed ones who are survivors. But they all live with the fear that the disease could return.
The Relay for Life is a way for you to help the victims of cancer. There’s music, games, entertainment by local performers and food.
The Welcome Ceremony and Survivor’s Lap is at 6. The Luminary Ceremony will begin at 9 when hundreds of luminaries will be lit in Honor of survivors or in Memory of those who have lost the battle with cancer. The events continue until late in the night.
Particularly impressive is the lighting of the luminaria. There will be hundreds of these tiny lights along the lap path dedicated in Honor of people who have survived cancer, and in Memory of those who lost the battle with cancer.
Lots of people have volunteered their time to raise money for Cancer. We hope you will join them at the Town Park this Saturday, donate freely and help raise money for cause that is near and dear to all of us.