Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Call for Cans

I am so excited to be a part of LaGrange College's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society this year. Like many other locations across the country, LaGrange and Troup County always participate in Relay for Life, but this year, LaGrange College is holding its own Relay.

As is customary at most Relay for Life events, luminaries will be made available for purchase either in honor or in memory of someone who is/was directly affeced by cancer. The luminaries line the path on which many will walk together as a symbol of unity- and hopefully as a symobl of the upcoming cure for this horrible disease! Typically, luminaries are made out of bags and can be purchased for varying amounts of money. Because LaGrange College is a sustainable institution, doing its part to recycle and help raise awareness towards lifesaving efforts for the environment, we are this year making our luminaries out of soup and vegetable cans. Would you be willing to start saving your cans for us? Relay for Life LC is April 17th, so we have a few months, but are hoping to save as many cans as possible. Becuase of the reduced price of the luminaries, we expect to need a large number of cans, so any you are willing to save will be so helpful! Of course, if you'd like to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, I'll gratefully accept any donations.

My family and I will be donating in honor of my grandfather, who thankfully is finishing up his chemo in the next couple of weeks after a surgery to remove some cancerous colon polyps last July. We will also donate in memory of Garrett's grandmother, who fought to the end against a brain tumor; my cousin, Robert Whatley, who bravely fought much longer than doctors gave him time for against Multipe Myloma and lost his battle last August; and in memory of Mrs. Sharon Niedrach, who lost an incredibly hard battle against pancreatic cancer just last week. These people are true heroes of the faith, and of the fight against this horrible disease. We will donate our money and our efforts to Relay for Life in hopes of finding a cure- preferrably in our lifetime, but surely in Saralynn's generation. It can be done, and with your help, the fight against cancer will rage on.

I urge you to consider being a part of your local Relay for Life in some way, but if you can't, please consider a donation of some sort. Yes, it's true that teams will "compete" for donations, but it's all done in the name of the American Cancer Society and all funds raised go directly towards research and upcoming erradication of cancer!

Thank you in advance for your help, not only with your monetary donations, but your time, your cans, and most importantly, your prayers. On the subject of prayer, I would love to pray for those of you that have loved ones suffering from cancer. I'd also love to hear stories of those that have gone on to the Eternal Home after bravely fought battles. Would you leave comments and share with me? I look forward to reading and praying!

Mary Beth

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