According to research by the American Cancer Society, there will be over 1,688,780 new cases of cancer in 2017, with over 600,920 of those cases ending in death. Cancer is the most serious disease of our time. However, with all of the statistics like this, it could be easy to get disheartened but in the end, there are ways to beat cancer and people that are dedicated to wiping this horrible disease off the face of the earth. One such organization, the American Cancer Society, is preparing to host their global event to help fund cancer research. That event is Relay for Life.
Over 20 different countries and well over 5,000 individual events, Relay for Life has raised nearly 5 billion dollars in funds for cancer research. Here locally in LaGrange and Troup County, the local Relay for Life event is set to kick off this coming Friday night, April 21 from 6 pm until midnight. The Chris Joseph track behind Whitesville Road Elementary School will play host to this event. The event will have so many different moving parts, including games, music, corn hole, face painting, andsomuchmore. There will be a survivor’s lap to celebrate those who have survived this horrific disease and a luminous service that starts at 10 pm. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
This year, for the first time in the history of this event, the Grand Marshal will be a man who has been a caregiver himself, someone whose service and ministry through music has reached the heart of many in the community. Kevin Dunn has served in the community for so many years now through his music ministry and will serve the Relay for Life event well in his time as Grand Marshal.
For over 15 years, Dunn has been singing around the community, specifically at hospice here in LaGrange. For about three years, Dunn has been singing at the Relay for Life Luncheon and was asked last year to be on the leadership council. As far as involvement with the event, the message is a personal one as Dunn lost his wife of 20 years to cancer on the 4th of July last year. Dunn said that his being named Grand Marshal at this year’s event is a testament to his wife, Deborah, and her legacy, her endurance, and her faith in God. He stated that she was a great mother and wife that never quit or gave up, and always trusted in God. Dunn is preparing a scholarship in his wife’s name for local high school students.
Please come out and support the ACS and the Relay for Life event this coming Friday night. Every donation makes a difference and your love and support could truly make the difference in the life of someone battling this disease. Thank you for your time and support.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer