Editorial: Relay’s reach is far and wide

May 24, 2013 

It’s hard to face something as daunting as cancer and come away feeling good about it.

But that’s what people in eastern Wake County and around the Five-County area did last weekend at the annual Relay for Life.

The month of May is Relay month. Across the region, groups gathered to raise money for cancer research. On the same weekend as the East Wake Relay, other cancer research supporters, survivors and caretakers gathered in Franklinton and in North Raleigh to walk their way around tracks to raise money for cancer research.

If you missed all of those events, you’ll have another chance May 31 at Smithfield-Selma High School in Johnston County to experience the pleasure of doing something so simple to support such an important cause.

At last weekend’s Relay for Life, there were many poignant moments, including the recognition of the late Dana Griswold’s family who were singled out from among the many caretakers in attendance for their effort to care for their wife and mother.

The luminary ceremony, as it always does, brought tears from walkers who’s lost and suffering family members were recognized on bags amplyifying the light of the candles inside.

But there was also the unmistakeable optimism of hundreds of people who believe – truly believe – that there is a cure for cancer if only enough research can be done.

And there was the obvious element of fun, etched on people’s faces as they smiled and laughed, whether they were playing games, or greeting friends and neighbors.

Relay for Life is simply a fabulous community party with a very serious theme.

And as long as people are willing to do the dirty work of raising money, there will always be hope that a cure is just around the corner.

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