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.”