“Why We Relay for Life - Cancer Never Sleeps.” A cancer patient endures months and sometimes years of treatment and life changing issues. Staying overnight at the Relay is one small way that we symbolize and support the struggles of cancer patients and their families.
The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotions and mental state of a cancer patient while undergoing treatment.
As the evening goes on, it gets darker and colder, just as the emotions of the cancer patient. Often patients become exhausted, sick, not wanting to go on, possibly wanting to give up. As a participant in the Relay, you may feel much the same way. Just as the cancer patient cannot stop or give up, neither can you ... You must continue. The morning light brings the warmth of a new day, full of life and new beginnings. As a participant, you feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of Relay is close at hand, however, you know, that ... There is no finish line until we find a cure.
The American Cancer Society Gallia County Relay for Life is scheduled to take place June 6 and 7 in the Gallipolis City Park. Two special highlights of the event will include: