Relay For Life proves county’s giving spirit
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
May 08, 2013 | 918 918 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year’s Trigg County Relay For Life starts Friday evening, and the honorary survivor co-chairs this year - Judy King and Manuel Brown - are both excited about it.

King hopes it doesn’t rain. “It’s just not the same in the gym,” she said.

Tentatively, there are thunderstorms predicted for Friday, but the weather for Saturday is supposed to be pleasant. As always, these predictions could change.

The co-chairs, King explained, aren’t in charge of the entire event; a man and a woman who have survived cancer are chosen as the co-chairs, and they lead the survivors’ lap and give medallions to survivors.

King herself is a five-year, seven-month survivor of breast cancer; she underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and she has been cancer-free for that amount of time.

Cancer can happen to anyone and can affect any family; King says there is no history of cancer in her family.

In August, Brown will be a 13-year survivor of prostate cancer. He too has been cancer-free for 13 years.

King said there are Relay members who have survived cancer for 30 years or more.

“I think the main thing is to promote the Relay For Life for 2013, and also to represent the survivors, kind of get them going,” said Brown. “That’s the main thing, to support the Relay this year, both by being there.”

King has been in the area for more than 40 years; Brown has been in the area for about 40 years as well, moving here in 1973.

Both Brown and King spoke at Tuesday evening’s Relay For Life Survivor Dinner, which was held after this edition went to press.

Brown is a member of the Cadiz Lions Club as well as a long-time member of the Cadiz City Council, which had its first reading of a restaurant tax ordinance yesterday evening, as well. Brown said he was going to miss that meeting because of the survivor dinner, but he’ll be there for the second reading next month, when there will be a formal vote on it.

Every year I’ve attended Relay, it’s been an incredibly moving experience, whether it was outside on the Trigg County High School track or inside in the Trigg County Middle School Gymnasium. The amont of people who come out to support the survivors prove how giving this community can be.

I have the pleasure of knowing Dannye Wagner and Pat Board, who have worked hard on Relay For Life for years. They are two very giving souls.

Everyone who can contribute something to Relay For Life should; it’s a great thing that they do. I contributed $20 by running in the Saturday morning 5K race.

I doubt very highly that there will be one “cure for cancer” as there are so many types of cancers of varying severity and lethality and various causes. However, every little bit can help fund research into different treatments, and many cancers are orders of magnitude more survivable now than they were in decades or even just years previous.

But that doesn’t make it any easier for those who have lost family, friends and other loved ones already to cancer. Which is why Relay For Life is just as important as it’s ever been.

Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at
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