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Relay for Life focuses on research, support

Posted: May 8, 2012 - 9:32pm  |  Updated: May 16, 2012 - 8:57am

 

Relay for Life is an encouraging and inspiring event for many, including Elaine Favreau.

The North Augusta resident was diagnosed with third-stage colorectal cancer in 2005 during a routine colonoscopy.

The wife, mother and grandmother was shocked but she hoped and prayed that she would get the strength to overcome the challenge, she said.

“It was hard. I was really sad because I couldn’t do anything much and I knew I had to go on for (my grandchildren), my husband and my children,” she said.

“I thought about them and what I would do with them when I was better.”

She received a lot of support from family, friends and her church during her treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation.

By 2006, she had completed treatment. In 2006, she also attended Relay for Life of North Augusta/Midland Valley with a friend where she had a chance to meet other survivors.

She’s attended the event every year since then to give hope to others who are battling cancer and as a reminder that she is indeed a survivor.

“It makes me feel so glad to be alive and have beat it,” she said about why she participates. “Seeing other people who have survived is also wonderful because it’s such a horrible disease.”

It’s also a chance to raise awareness, she added.

“It makes people aware of the need for cancer research and the support people with cancer need such as getting to treatments or bringing them a meal,” she said.

This year’s Relay for Life North Augusta/Midland Valley event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday at North Augusta High School. The event will feature games, contests, luminaria sales, entertainment and inflatables for children. Food will also be sold.

“It is a community event that celebrates the victories of those surviving cancer, helps us remember those we have lost to the disease and allows us to fight back by raising awareness and funds for research and programs,” said Lisa Glass, an American Cancer Society community manager.

Money raised will go toward cancer research and providing services to cancer patients and their families. Fundraising will continue through Aug. 31.

More than 140 people have registered to participate in the relay event. Others can register to participate in the event or to raise money by going to www.relayforlife.org/namvsc .

Favreau said that she encourages everyone in the community to participate in the event.

“Support our American Cancer Society, our cancer patients and our cancer survivors,” she said. “Let people know you care.”

 

STUDENTS RAISE MONEY

This time last year, Dr. Edward Martin was facing several months of treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

This year, he’s overcome the challenge.

“I’m doing well,” said the principal at Victory Christian School. “I’m considered to be in remission.”

When the community found out about his diagnosis last year, they rallied around him and kept him in prayer.

Despite the challenge, the experience of being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment has been “very humbling”, Martin said.

“It gives you confidence you can survive bad news,” he added.

Martin isn’t the only one at the school who has been affected by cancer. There are other faculty and staff members who have had cancer or have immediate family members who have battled the disease. This has also made the disease real for many students, he said.

“The students definitely see a need for the American Cancer Society,” he said. “They realize that funding for research and helping people with cancer is important.”

For the second year in a row, students had a Change for Change fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and this year they raised $700 for the organization.

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