Community came together to “Finish the Fight” against cancer in Navarro County on May 17 on Mildred High School football field and track. Communities involved are Mildred, Corsicana, Barry, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Kerens, Chatfield, Mustang, Eureka, and Streetman. Our goal this year was to involve all communities in Navarro County to serve all with the services available through the American Cancer Society. The passion to help out our families, neighbors and friends in our communities to the best care we can provide through assistance to educate all of the services available for the asking.
Navarro County is fortunate to have an American Cancer Society Board: Tom Miles, president; Billie Carroll, secretary; Sharon Ballard, Reach to Recovery; Kathe Miles, Road to Recovery; Becky Long, Outreach to Business; Linda Richey, ACS Support; Lynda Housley and Barbara Watkins, Wine and Cheese Event hostesses; Jan Moore, Crystal Shepherd, Paul Green and Annot Walthall. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 12 noon at the First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th. Come to a meeting if you need assistance. The board has a fundraiser in the Fall to assist in the services available through the American Cancer Society in Navarro County. You can also call our call center which is located in Austin at 1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org. They are willing to give you a helping hand, help you to get well, by finding cures and fighting back with research and legislation.
Change in venue is a step in the direction to involve more communities to participate in educating all their citizens about the services available to them. As well as participating in Relay we have found the connection between a relayer and cancer survivor and someone on a cancer journey bring a joy to help. Caregivers are helped by knowing the needs. We are paying it forward, not just raising funds.
Thousands of people in our community coming together to raise awareness as well as funds to help one another in need is amazing. The 2014 Relay Team are just ordinary people with extraordinary hearts. They offer the gift of time to teach, to listen, to help, to inspire, and to learn. They expect no pay yet the value of their work knows no limit. They have planted seeds in their community of love. All that participate in Relay for Life are just ordinary people who reach out and take a hand and together make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
The planning team: Becky Long, Kay Ovalle, Ashley Hanna, Mark Lee, Crystal Shepherd, Christie Bell, Alison and Andy Williams, Ellen and Ralph Block and Deanna Ovalle give a heartfelt thank you to all that participate and have a passion to help others.
As a Caregiver myself, I have experienced cancers in various capacities. The one passion I have is to do all I can to see cancer cured. Participating in Relay is an experience that changes your life when you look into the eyes of a 20-year-old survivor that thanks you for what you do; or you meet an 8-year-old full of life with a smile on her face because she is sharing time with others that are just like her; or being with caregivers experiencing the same emotions you are. This is why I Relay! A comfort in the time of pain and sorrow; accepting, also trusting, your medical team, but most of all to me the meaning of Relay for Life is to be positive that all that is being done to cure cancer is being done and I am a small part of that time in history.