Ballard County celebrates Relay for Life
This past weekends’ Relay for Life event held at Ballard Memorial High School brought out several survivors and caregivers along with those simply wishing to participate in the 14th annual fundraising event meant to help fight back against cancer.
Cancer Survivor Guy Johnson gave a heartfelt invocation to begin the all-night event that had as its focus the prevention and early detection of cancer. The presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop #66 and the singing of the National Anthem by Tammy Chapman followed this.
Relay for Life Regional Director Eric Walker talked about why, exactly, Relay for Life events were held, saying the events are meant to raise money to support research through the American Cancer Society and to provide Programs and services to cancer patients.
Rica Lindsey sang “May not be over the mountain, but I can see the other side.” The song really hit home among cancer survivors as it tells of how hope can strengthen and carry people through the most difficult days of their lives.
Suzie Nutt was the speaker for the evening. Nutt talked about the importance of getting a mammogram. She said she had skipped a year and said that no one should ever do this. At the age of 46, Nutt was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She said there were spots on both breasts that physicians had been watching, but it was the right breast that proved to house the cancer.
She talked about her lumpectomy and the numerous radiation treatments she had, saying, “It’s not the funniest thing to have done, but I made it.”
Nutt gave a staggering informal statistic about the rate of cancer citing three women from her graduating class as having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 46 years of age.
Nutt also said she was blessed that her daughter had come to live with her just two months prior to her diagnosis. It was a comfort for Nutt to have her daughter as her caregiver.
When Nutt finished her story, all of the survivors were recognized with medals and were given balloons, with each balloon color representing a different form of cancer. The survivors than took their Survivor Lap where they released the balloons as a symbolic gesture that they had beaten cancer.
The rest of the night was filled with activities, which included a night of walking and celebrating the fight against cancer.
Relay For Life of Ballard County raised over $59,837.
Closing ceremonies were followed by the last lap with a purple balloon lift off, marking the start of Relay 2015. Awards will be announced Monday, June 23, 2014.