Four years ago my grandpa, Daniel Bradett, lost his battle with cancer. I watched him struggle through treatments, smile on good days, and fight with all of his will against the relentless disease. Today, the memory of his strength inspires me to help fight back. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who are touched by cancer. We all desperately want to end this disease. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a way.
Relay is an exciting community event that raises money in the fight against cancer. It is a night for celebrating survivors, remembering lives lost, and giving hope that we will one day find a cure. I have formed a team, Crozet Cares, and I challenge everyone to participate in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay this year on May 30-31 at Monticello High School!
I challenge cancer survivors to tell us your story and let us celebrate your strength during the survivor lap. I challenge area businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods, sports teams, clubs, and families to join or start a Relay team. I challenge this community to light enough luminaria honoring our loved ones to circle the track twice! I challenge us to help make cancer a disease that can one day be cured at our local pharmacy. Crozet is a beautiful place and how amazing would it be to one day be cancer-free? Accept the challenge.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.
Sara Sprouse Hankins
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