Why I Relay And Why You Should Too, Without Question
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Why I Relay And Why You Should Too, Without Question

"Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it."

Why I Relay And Why You Should Too, Without Question
Lisa Zins

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is an event that brings communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Being a participant in Relay for Life is a selfless act. It involves more than just committing yourself to 12 consecutive hours of hope. 12 hours of celebration, of remembrance, of joy. Relay is more than just walking laps and raising money. It is bringing attentiveness to these diseases that are still stripping individuals of their lives. It makes it evident how participating in Relay for Life allows researchers to be one step closer to changing someone else's life. It shows how every little bit counts.

If you do give a donation, it could be a dollar, it could be 100 dollars, it could be a penny. Relay for Life proves it only takes one person and one donation to make a difference, to bring change. I am proud to be a part of a relay team that has far surpassed its donation goal. I am grateful to be surrounded by individuals who support each other and bring happiness to each other at an event that means so much to those impacted by cancer. I am thankful that events like this exist. Events that bring people together, to remember, honor, and celebrate.

I relay for those affected by cancer. For individuals, I know who have beaten and overcome these horrible diseases. For people who have lost the ones they love. For those I know who have lost their own life. It isn't fair, but I am appreciative that Relay for Life gives me something to do to fight. To stand and battle for those who cannot. To find a cure.

I relay for those in my family who have been touched by cancer. I relay for my mom. The bravest, kindest, most intelligent woman I know. The woman who beat breast cancer.

As an 8-year-old, losing a parent to this disease was a thought I didn't really comprehend. It was a concept that I didn't think could happen. Thankfully I didn't, and I owe my mom for who I have grown up to be. Without her, I would not have learned strength. I would not have discovered the passions I possess and now am pursuing. I would not be the same. So I relay for her, and for other children who should not have to worry about losing a parent to such a horrible illness.

I relay for the individuals who are my own age who have faced these battles as well. A girl who I had the pleasure of working with closely as a part of JMU Orientation is now approaching 10 years cancer-free.

Two of my best friends' mom battled breast cancer and survived. I relay for her so my friends have the ability to enjoy having a mother, just as I do despite the battle that both of our moms have faced.

Two other girls I attended high school with faced their battles with cancer, one surviving and one, unfortunately, losing her life a year ago. I relay for them because we are so young. Battling these diseases before we are barely adults requires so much courage, strength, and resilience. It blows my mind the amount spirit and toughness these individuals have had, and I can't help but be so proud of them.

I relay for those who cannot. For those who are no longer with us. For those who are battling now. I relay so that no one else I know is faced with these horrific illnesses. So that we do not have to suffer the loss of another, or worry about the potential loss of someone we love and care about. I relay so that every individual who is put on this Earth can live the life they hope to live.

I relay for a cure, and so should you.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments