It’s a dirty word in most places. It creates a sense of fear and images of hopelessness. However, there is an event held each year across the country that helps promote hope and the day where more birthdays will exist. I’m sure you all have heard of Relay for Life, an event held by the American Cancer Society. It’s a 12-hour event devoted to raising money and awareness to cancer research and this disease that people can defeat.
The event is held on Longwood’s campus each year, this being none different. I have participated last year and this year and have had an amazing time on both occasions. This year was especially important since I’ve met more people who have had cancer affect their lives in some way or another. Even myself, I know a number of people who have died because of cancer or have at least had it at one time or another.
It’s scary disease and cancer survivor Dr. Jim Jordan, professor of anthropology, made that clear. Jordan is a survivor of prostate cancer, but the disease has not left his body yet. Jordan, a beloved professor at Longwood, said that one in two men will have cancer in their life, something that truly gave me chills. It’s scary to think because you just don’t know. You never know when something like cancer can pop up. Sometimes it takes years while other times its just weeks.
Longwood raised over $60,000, beating out many schools in the Commonwealth. I think this shows what kind of community is here at Longwood. We truly care not just about us, but about so many others.
Do you part today by donating to cancer research. Help give hope. Help give more birthdays.