Relay and American Cancer Society celebrate survivors
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Cancer Society kicked off “Relay for Life Week” on May 8, by honoring those who are truly on the frontline of the fight against cancer, patients and survivors. A dinner was held at the Cadiz Baptist Church Activity Center in honor of all survivors in the Trigg County Community. Sponsored and served by the Bank of Cadiz, many local businesses contributed food and beverages to the event.

According to Relay for Life Committee member Dennis Eggers, 350 survivors were invited to the event in Trigg County, with potentially more attending that they were not yet aware of. “We have a sign up sheet where we hope to learn of more,” he said.

A line of survivors of all ages signed up at the door, receiving a t-shirt, and were asked to place their handprints on a “Wall of Hope” banner. Dannye Wagner announced that the banner would join more like it from other communities and would be displayed in Washington D.C. “We want others to see it, and to get attention from legislators that more research and support is needed.”

Tom Rogers, a Trigg County prostate cancer survivor said that he had lived cancer-free for 8 years. “The Relay for Life means a lot to me. It means more money to find a cure with. Some cures have already been found, but we still have a long way to go.”

Rogers was not the only success story in a room full of inspiration. Lola Lane was told she had just ten months to live. “Vanderbilt Hospital said I was the only one with this type of cancer in their research program. The American Cancer Society helps pay for it, and they come up with new medicines for me.”

Lane received her ten-month prognosis over six years ago.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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