The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Midd-West Region

July 18, 2013

Midd-West Relay for Life brings in $39,800 and many memories

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Sheila Rowe spoke on behalf of her mother, Clarine Troup: "With my faith in God, the support of my family and friends, I will have the strength to continue to fight on with my battle against cancer."

"Is it enough?" was the question posed by The Fight Back guest speaker Matt Kwiterovich. "Are we doing enough to win this battle with cancer?" He presented the following facts: 290 genes related to cancer have been identified. Today we have 14 million people alive in the U.S. with cancer. The ACS (American Cancer Society) has 44 Nobel Prize winners in cancer related discoveries. He encouraged the audience to offer a ride, cook a meal for the family in case mom is too sick, hold a cancer patient’s hand and tell them that it is okay to be scared. "Be there for them — it may be enough."

The children of West Snyder Elementary School decorated over 400 luminaria bags and they were used to spell out the word "Hope." They glowed throughout the night to show respect and love. During the luminaria ceremony, Ange Keiser commented on the energy in the air: "That energy is hope, the combined power of hundreds of thousands of people coming together in a common cause to eradicate a disease." With tears in her eyes she continued, "The American Cancer Relay For Life is held to remember those we have lost to cancer, to support all those who are battling the disease, and to work towards the day that no one has to hear the words you have cancer."

The Chinese auction was a new and successful event this year. The popular basket auction featured 66 baskets and raised $1,817 for the cause. Teams put together baskets "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" loved ones. The baskets contain items that tell a story of what that person enjoyed during their life. The top basket, "a fishing/boat basket" was assembled In Memory of Ray Pray by the All in the Family team.

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