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Relay for Life: Remembrance and celebration

Relay for Life is crucial in fight against cancer

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 4:18pm  |  Updated: May 13, 2014 - 4:24pm
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The Pink Magnolias lead the way during the survivor lap at the North Augusta Relay for Life walk at North Augusta High School on Friday. Eighteen teams signed up for the annual cancer benefit event.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The Pink Magnolias lead the way during the survivor lap at the North Augusta Relay for Life walk at North Augusta High School on Friday. Eighteen teams signed up for the annual cancer benefit event.

It was a time to remember those who had lost their battle with cancer and to celebrate those who had overcome it.

Two-time cancer survivor Michelle Ewart came to do both at Friday’s North Augusta/Midland Valley Relay for Life event at North Augusta High School. She celebrated her mother, who caught her breast cancer early in the 1980s and is still alive, and she remembered her brother and other family members who had lost their battles.

Through their trials and hers, Ewart learned lessons that she shared during the opening ceremony.

“Listen to your body if you think something is wrong,” Ewart said.

Ewart and her mother listened to their bodies and found their cancers early., So did North Augusta Public Safety Officer Melanie Chavous, who was diagnosed with melanoma more than two years ago.

Chavous, who was staffing the fundraising jail and bail booth at Relay for Life, had been seeing a dermatologist for some other skin issues when a freckle suddenly popped up on the back of her calf.

“It was less than one millimeter in diameter,” she said.

It turned out to be cancerous.

Relay for Life has taken on more of a meaning for Chavous since her experience, she said, and it’s one she shares with her entire family.

“It’s a good fun family event,” she said. “We are enjoying it.”

Eighteen teams signed up to help raise money for the event, according to Relay chairwoman Kristin Bodkin. The goal for North Augusta and Midland Valley was $50,000. Volunteers have spent many months raising funds prior to Relay for Life and had activities available Friday to raise more.

Bodkin said raising funds is a community effort. Schoolchildren help by collecting change and bringing it to school. Churches often set aside portions of their offerings. There are dress down days at schools to help raise money.

Organizers said it was a good event. On Saturday, the committee met to plan next year’s event.

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