Why I Relay
By Nicole Riley
Why I Relay… Cancer has affected me more times than I would like to say. I have lost a mother-in-law and father-in-law, an aunt then a grandmother just about a year later, and most recently a close family friend. One of my first interactions with someone close that had cancer was one of my college Rugby teammates. She was 19 years old. Seeing her fight for her life her last couple days on earth still haunts me to this day. I am blessed to still have two very strong women in my life that have won the fight against breast cancer. My cousin who has been in remission for almost 3 years and a close family friend who is going on 18 years remission. I also have a neighbor, a husband and father that has been fighting this nasty disease for the past 5 years. He has his good days, mediocre days and really bad days but every day he fights for his life and stays strong for his family. I admire his hope and strength.
Cancer doesn’t just affect the person with the disease, it affects an entire family. My family has become closer and stronger through it all. All the tears, praying, staying strong and always being there for each other.
So, Why Do I Relay…. I relay in hopes to win this fight once and for all! To bring awareness to others. Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone. Raising awareness can save lives. Catching the disease early enough can be the difference between life and death. To educate people on organizations like the American Cancer Society and to make them aware that there is free help and support out there.
Another reason is… events like this bring the community, family, and friends together to remember our loved ones that we have lost, honor all that have survived and support all that are still fighting! To be able to come together as one big team/family in the end to raise money for such a great cause.
“Fight Cancer With Hope”
That is WHY I Relay!