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Join the fight against cancer

May 7, 2012 - Rob Weaver
People gathered for the Birthday Bash today at Hedges-Boyer Park were a representative sample — a preview, if you will — of those who will walk in the park during the Relay for Life of Tiffin this weekend. And members of the 40 or so Relay teams raising funds for the American Cancer Society provide a broad cross-section of the community.

That’s because, unfortunately, cancer touches the lives of so many people. Young, old, male, female, people of all ethnic groups are affected. The disease does not discriminate.

If you attend the Relay this weekend, anytime between 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, you will see people of a variety of ages and backgrounds walking around the footpath. This especially is true during the opening lap of the event, which is lead by cancer survivors. This disparate group is bound by one thing: the battle against cancer.

Yet, adding to the tragedy of the disease is that, despite their differences, those stricken by cancer always seem to have something in common: They are the best among us.

When I think about the people I know who have battled cancer, invariably the tragedy is magnified by the quality of the individual afflicted. This especially is true of those I know who have succumbed to the disease. The classmates I’ve lost to cancer, for example, were among the nicest, kindest members of the graduating class.

This indiscriminate reach of cancer offers a weakness, a vulnerability. It attacks so many people, it provides an exponential number of friends and family willing to fight back. And the quality of those whom cancer strikes serves to ignite the resolve and determination of those who take up that battle.

If you are one of those offended by cancer, join those on the march against the disease this weekend at Hedges-Boyer Park. Find out how you can help be an official sponsor of more birthdays.


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