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Rumor has it… Relay for Life is this Saturday

By Wende Mersereau • Jul 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Rumor has it, you know someone who is battling cancer or has survived cancer.

Maybe you know someone who was/is a caregiver for someone who was/is battling the disease. Or maybe, you just know of someone of who was affected by cancer. Truth is, we ALL know someone.

I know the scenario. You find out the news so-and-so has cancer. There is a gasp, followed by, “Oh no.” You wonder, what can I do? And you do one of two things — you make a phone call to someone who has more information or to the patient. You get on a meal train or offer prayers or rides or anything you can think of that may help. Or, you think, “That’s too bad. I will pray for them.” And you go about your daily routine and activities, feeling helpless and not knowing what to do.

Rumor has it, the American Cancer Society has many resources to help the patient, the caregiver and anyone or everyone who wants to do something but doesn’t quite know where to begin. All you have to do is call 1-800-227-2345, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are many great free programs that can help.

Rumor has it, Relay for Life is right around the corner. In fact, the local event will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. this Saturday at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

This is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) signature event. This event raises money for cancer research and many free programs. Did you know that the ACS gives away 76 cents of every dollar raised for cancer research and free programs to the cancer patient? That is the highest amount of every dollar from any other major non-profit organization.

Rumor has it, in Ohio alone there are more than $13 million for cancer research. The Ohio State University, Case Western University and University of Toledo all have research dollars for cancer — just to name a few of the big ones that most people recognize.

Rumor has it, there is a Wig Bank right here in Norwalk. Yep, its true. All you have to do is call 1-800-227-2345, tell them where you live and they will get us in touch with each other and I will meet you at a local salon. You will pick out a wig that the ACS provides and I will take care of cutting, fitting, styling and teaching the proper care for your new, FREE wig. (Thank you to Courtney at Adam Michaels Salon & Spa in Norwalk for allowing me to use one of the salon’s hair stations at no charge.)

Rumor has it, there is a program call Road to Recovery. It’s absolutely true. If the cancer patient needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment, to treatment or anywhere related to his or her cancer diagnosis, call 1-800-277-2345 and tell them where you live and they will arrange for a driver to get you to where you need to go. The ACS also needs drivers. It’s a wonderful thing to do if you want to volunteer and receive a blessing from the patients. It’s a simple process, you sign up online (if computers are not your thing, that’s OK; just call the 1-800 number for assistance) and put in how many miles you are willing to travel and the ACS will match you up with a very thankful, appreciative patient.

Rumor has it, you are a survivor the moment you are diagnosed. That is 100 percent true! I strongly encourage you to come to Relay for Life this Saturday anytime between 4 and 11 p.m. This event is a celebration of life. We celebrate the survivors in a very special way. When they arrive at the event, they should “check in” at the Survivor Tent. They will receive a free Survivor T-Shirt.

Promptly at 4 p.m., we will have the welcoming ceremony with a flag-raising and a survivor speaker. This year we are honored to have Kristi and Evan Minor tell their inspirational stories and lead the survivor lap. There will be a cornhole tournament that starts at 5:30 p.m., and a Beautiful Baby Contest that starts at 5:30 p.m. There are many other activities happening throughout the evening such as a frozen T-shirt contest, a poker run, a wrench/skillet toss and plenty of food for purchase, including Corrigan’s Kettle Corn. At 9:30 p.m., we will start the Luminaria Ceremony with Tricia Ebner telling her story about her cancer journey. That will be followed by the lighting of the luminarias, which surround the track at Whitney Field. What a night!

Rumor has it, Whitney Field is the place to be Saturday. Cancer patients don’t have a choice. They have to do all the scary things, such as chemo, radiation, surgeries and countless other medical procedures. Not to mention, the mental game that it takes to fight this dreaded disease. They do not have a choice, but you do. Come to Relay for Life. Support the survivors. Show them that you are supporting them and doing something to help them fight. Give them hope for the future. Help them win this battle.

Rumor has it, you are out of excuses. Please join us.

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