Relay For LifeApril 18, 2012
Liberty is always very willing to host different organizations when they need a place to hold an event. One of those incredible events is the Relay for Life, which is held all over the United States by the American Cancer Society. The Relay goes from 5:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m and one person from your team has to be on the track at all times. I had never heard of it until I came to Liberty and decided to sign up at the last minute to support my friend Josh. This event was so amazing and I am going to share with you “Why I Relay”!
Cancer is something horrible that has affected the lives of so many people. Some have battled with it themselves, seen a family member or even close friend struggle with it. Some have won the cancer battle and others haven’t. For me personally, I lost one of my grandmothers to Pancreatic Cancer on January 19th 2011. My other grandmother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 15 years ago and was declared cancer-free 5 years later after having a mastectomy, 4 treatments of Chemo and 5 years of taking Tamoxifen and Arimidex.
My friend Josh Isaacson was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, which was a tumor behind his right eye when he was 6 years old. The doctors told his parents that he had a 20-40% chance of surviving and if he did, due to the radiation to the head, he would be at best a C student in school. He went through 6 weeks of radiation to the head and 10 months of chemotherapy. After those treatments, Josh was declared cancer free on February 28th 1999. He is also a straight A student studying Computer Engineering and if you ask any of his friends, you know that they all ask HIM for help with Math! Josh has been really involved with the Relay for Life and this year he personally raised $430. Josh has such an incredible heart and knows that the Lord healed him, which he shares very openly! If you ever get the opportunity to be a part of the Relay for Life event, I would highly recommend it!