Dear Editor and Community Members:
The news can often be overwhelming; criminals and natural disasters seem to be filling the headlines. To combat despair, I wanted to write in and share what gives me hope.
Hope is seeing survivors lead the way around our track, purple T-shirts proudly displayed – signaling they are the lucky ones.
Hope is seeing women, men, and children of all different cultures, ages and denominations, united together in a common cause.
Hope is in the eyes of the cancer patient that receives a free wig, gets a ride to treatment, or speaks with our 24-hour information hotline with the funds raised through our event.
Hope is viewing the decorated luminary bags placed around the track and lit during the silent lap, in honor of loved ones fighting or those who have already lost the battle.
Hope is celebrating more birthdays every year, remembering survivors and those who have passed away and fighting back – never giving up in the war against cancer.
Hope is the knowledge that the American Cancer Society has contributed to almost every major cancer research breakthrough since 1946. Hope that one day, we will finish the fight against cancer.
Hope, to me, is the Greater Manchester Relay for Life 2015 – and all the events nationwide, powered by people like me and YOU.
Please consider joining us on June 13 – 14 at Livingston Park in Manchester and regain some Hope.
For more information, including cancer survivor registry, please visit: www.relayforlife.org/
About the author: I am a proud 30-year resident of the Granite State! I am equally as proud of my 20-years of volunteerism with the American Cancer Society. I received a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in women’s leadership from Franklin Pierce University in 2006. I love to read, sing and hike in the White Mountains. (Pictured with my niece, Charlotte Llewellyn Quimby, the great love of my life. 🙂
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