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Originally published: 2014-06-25 15:18:51
Last modified: 2014-06-25 15:19:35

Our View: Walking the extra mile

The need is great and ever-present, but the response of the Watauga County community was greater.

Late Friday and into the morning hours of Saturday, nearly 500 participants representing 34 teams bested Relay For Life of Watauga County's fundraising goal by at least $3,000 -- official fundraising continues until Aug. 31 -- taking in nearly $100,000 to fuel cancer research.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, and throughout the spring and summer, teams across the United States walk, run, hold spaghetti suppers and generally do whatever it takes to funnel funding into the fight against cancer.

Locally, we also saw this earlier in the year, when Relay For Life of Appalachian State University held an April event in which almost 1,200 participants raised about $34,000 for research.

The American Cancer Society says that no one is untouched by cancer -- either through ourself, a family member, a friend or an acquaintance, this disease invades every life.

The fight won't end, says a committed ACS, until that statistic is proven false.

Like myriad communities across the nation, Watauga County, with its commitment from thousands of people who care enough to go the extra mile, is doing its part to make that happen.