I’ve always looked at this word as a positive. No, we all know the disease of cancer is not at all positive. But, cancer does have the word “can” in it. People who have cancer can overcome the odds. They can live their lives. They can have a future. But the only that can happen is when people take part in events like Relay for Life.
This past weekend, Longwood held its annual Relay for Life event. With more than $65,000 raised in support of cancer research, it’s no secret that Lancers care about finding a cure. It was amazing to see so many students come out and support this great event for such an awful disease.
I’ve been lucky in that not many people in my family have been affected by cancer. The big culprit I have to worry about is heart disease. It’s scary because you never know when its coming. Sort of like cancer. Sort of like when fellow senior Candice Bearfoot found out she had cancer, a tumor the size of a softball lodged in her chest.
We never know what life can bring us. We don’t foresee the triumphs we must overcome. However, with a big family like Longwood, Candice was able to push through and is now a cancer survivor. She’ll find out in two weeks if she is completely cancer free.
Hope is a strong word, and its no surprise that Relay and the American Cancer Society uses this word to combat the horrors of cancer. Remember the positive though. You can survive. You can move on. You can make a difference. And one day we can have more birthdays.