If you know someone who believes in miracles and has survived the ordeal of having cancer, then you know a person with a strong constitution to live and have fought a courageous fight.
Such are the people that will be participating in the Relay for Life at the Lake Placid Olympic Oval on Saturday, Sept. 18. The ceremony kicks-off at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by a walk of cancer survivors at 10 a.m. More than 600 participants raised money through sponsors and walked last year — with people on the sidelines applauding and cheering them on. The event helps everyone as there are many encouraging stories that offer hope and healing.
It’s also an event that isn’t just for those who have survived cancer, but for anyone who wants to help those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
This year’s theme is “Miracle on Ice.” Quite different than the movie about the USA Olympic hockey team but with the same results of goose bumps after a awe-inspiring victory.
Cancer is a disease that can take a person down or it can boost their fighting instinct, and with a strong support system from friends and family and a positive attitude, they can punch the stuffing out of any obstacle. Anyone who has fought cancer and has won also has a tremendous source of pride and renewed appreciation for life. They should be ecstatic, after all, they are amazing people, who have experienced it — or perhaps even know someone who has done whatever it takes to conquer this dreadful disease.
Relay for Life is in its seventh year and Willie Sheridan of Rainbow Lake is one of the organizers — and a breast cancer survivor. We ask you to join in the Relay for Life, whether you are a survivor that has fought the battle with body and soul or a supporter or a friend, family or caregiver who has helped emotionally, physically, spiritually or financially.
The evening ends with luminary candles that can be
purchased for $5 each and will honor or memorialize a cancer patient. Purchases can be made through committee members or at the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation Office. The candle lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.
There is hope. There have been great strides and it will get better. Your help is needed.
If you would like to participate or donate, contact Willie at 518-327-3562, e-mail Willie_sheridan@yahoo.com or go to the website events.cancer.org/RFLtrilakesNY.
If you have a question about cancer call 1-800-227-2345, the American Cancer Society’s toll-free hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.