"This increase in length of survival is directly related to funds community members raise at events such as the Relay For Life." That's what Dr. William McBee, guest speaker at the Randolph County Relay For Life, said to emphasize the impact fundraising events have on survival rates for cancer patients.
The event last weekend at Elkins High School drew a crowd of about 200 people who came out to support the cause and celebrate the "Festival of Hope." Final figures for the amount raised are not yet available, and additional fundraisers will continue through August.
Contributing financially to this effort makes a difference, as McBee says. It's also important to remember that lending support in a personal way to cancer patients and their families helps them have a positive outlook. Attending events such as Relay For Life lets them know they have the support of the community.
Another chance to take part comes Saturday with Tucker County Relay For Life from noon until midnight at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field in Parsons. Already, the day has garnered attention as the traditional "Paint the Town Purple Days" was expanded to "Paint the County Purple Days," with all of the mayors in Tucker County signing declarations of participation.
Although the Relay For Life events last but one day and the fundraising campaigns wrap up Aug. 31, the dreaded disease and emotional highs and lows associated with it last throughout the year. Keep these patients and their families on your mind and decide what type of support you can give.