Our View: Step by step, cure is sought
Tuesday's Cancer Survivor Banquet set the stage for Watauga County's annual Relay For Life, the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society and an event, as does cancer itself, that touches each of us -- some personally, and some through the association of a family member, co-worker or friend.
Building on a already successful local Relay effort -- Relay For Life of ASU raised more than $60,000, through 81 teams and more than 1,400 participants at its April event -- the Relay For Life of Watauga County is already nearing the university's money total with 35 teams and 386 participants registered for its June 14 event at Watauga High School.
The American Cancer Society notes that each of us will have a connection to cancer at some point in our life, and it's that connection that makes it important for us to take whatever steps we can to fund cancer research.
One tangible way to do that is to participate in the county's Relay For Life effort. Whether it's through purchasing a luminary in memory of a loved one or in honor of a survivor, through actively joining a Relay team or through simple support by visiting the walkers on the high school track, we can each take part in working to eliminate the disease.
Relay For Life events are powerful, poignant reminders that hope is the No. 1 byproduct of a cancer diagnosis. If you have never witnessed the Survivor Lap, never seen the luminaries shed light on a dark night or never taken physical action to help raise awareness about the need for cancer research, you are shortchanging yourself from an emotional journey that begins with a single step.
That step begins at 6 p.m. a week from Friday.
It doesn't end until a cure is found.