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I relay because cancer has touched my life

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When asked to write this article on "Why I Relay," I thought it would be easy. But here it is the day before it is due and I am trying to figure out how to start it.

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Unfortunately, cancer has touched my life many times. A few years back, my father was taken from us by lung cancer. I am a 27-year survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I have lost other friends and business associates to this dreaded disease, too.

On May 1, 2014, we found out that our beloved mother also has a form of lung cancer called non small cell adenocarcinoma. This is very hard to deal with sometimes as you just don't know when someone close to you will get cancer.

If you have never been to a Relay For Life event, I suggest that you go. June 20 at the Pine River-Backus High School track would be a good time to start.

I remember the first year I started; it was right after losing my father and I have been going ever since. It brings tears to my eyes when I walk the track and look at all those luminary bags with the names of those that have lost their battle with cancer and seeing their loved ones walk the track for them. It is also encouraging to see all the names of those who are survivors and are being honored for their fight against cancer. It is truly an experience you will never forget.

So I will pray very hard for my dear mother because I love her very much and I will keep going to the relay, walking the track, looking at the luminaries and remembering those we have lost to this disease.

If you know someone or have lost someone special to this thing called cancer; please join us this year. The Relay For Life raises money and awareness to help fight cancer, which is another reason to go. So please join us and you will find the reason why you choose to "relay."

I would like to express a sincere thank you to Tina Grewe who works so hard to put this event together.

See you at the relay!

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