Relay For Life

It’s major ACS fund raiser and a battle in the spiritual realm
Rockdale’s eighth annual Relay For Life unreels Friday and Saturday at Tiger Field except it’s not just Rockdale’s relay any more.

It’s now the Milam County Relay For Life with teams and/or support from many areas of the county. (Thorndale stages its own Relay For Life which this year is set for April 30.)

Relay For Life has become the major fund raiser for the American Cancer Society each year nationwide. It’s certainly that in Milam County. Over the past seven years the Rockdale event has raised over $350,000.

There are lots of reasons Relay For Life is important. Sure, the money helps. It goes to research for that “please- God-in-our-lifetimes” cure for cancer.

It goes to education to get the body of knowledge that’s now available before the people who need to know the best ways to reduce their risk of getting the disease.

But there’s another dimension to Relay which goes beyond those goals, lofty as they are.

A battle against cancer is also a battle of the spirit.

Anyone who has been to a survivors’ dinner, or witnessed the emotion in a survivors’ lap knows how important it is for those men and women to be with others who have been to the valleys where they’ve been, who have “fought the good fight and kept the faith.”

Cancer isn’t an opponent that can be faced on a battlefield or defeated on a scoreboard. But Relay for Life gives the effort a focus, a place to go, a place to be supported, a place to heal in every possible sense of the word.

If Relay For Life never raised a penny it would still be a most valuable effort for our community.

All those who work to make Relay For Life, and especially those who have been touched by the disease, deserve our thanks, our support, our prayers and our presence at Tiger Field Friday and Saturday.—M.B.

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