By LANCE JOHNSON TOWER Staff Writer
If there is one thing in this world that should not be, it is something that some of us all know too well. It is so well known that in fact, I would stand to guess everyone reading this right now knows someone that is affected by it. What I am referring to it is cancer, a deadly disease that has claimed the lives of countless people around the world. Cancer does not care about race, gender, age, or background. All it does is try to destroy anything and everything it comes in contact with.
There are multiple forms and types of cancer and they can appear anywhere on the body. The most recognizable form is Leukemia. This is cancer that begins in the blood which forms in the tissue of the bone marrow. Leukemia does not really form solid tumors, but they build up in the blood and bone marrow as masses. With the low level of normal blood cells can make it harder for the body to get oxygen to the tissues. This can cause trouble to control bleeding or fighting infections.
Plenty of people can attest to having to deal with the troubles of going through all the hardships that come with having a loved one plagued by cancer. Then on the other side, there are just as many who can state that they personally have not dealt with it first hand, they just know about the process. I, myself, am one of the latter. I have personal experience with both sides of my family having cancer and both times I was shielded from those hardships. My grandfather on my father’s side had it once before, and then just recently it had resurfaced. My grandmother on my mother’s side had been diagnosed almost two years prior.
Having these two special and important people that I love so dearly being hurt by cancer really hits home. That is why the event, Relay for Life, is something I can wholeheartedly support. This event is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is coordinated by volunteers in 27 countries giving people a chance to remember loved once lost, honor those who survived and help the American Cancer Society raise money to make a global impact against cancer. It is also a team fundraising event where you can put people on a “team” and they can take turns walking around a track or a designated path. Each team is supposed to have at least one member of that team walking on the track or designated path. April 14th, Bethany College will be hosting their own Relay for Life event in the indoor track and lasted from 4:00 p.m. till 12:01 a.m.
Participating in this event are a total of fourteen teams all consisting of Bethany Greek houses, sports teams, faculty staff members, church, and individuals as well. Through the Relay for Life website, you can register and join any team. Doing so there is a participation fee that you pay to donate to the cause. While the event took place, there were other activities that Bethany had for those people on teams that are not walking the track. Also, there was plenty of food and games to help as well. The event itself raised over $5,700 which makes a substantial impact on American Cancer Society for the treatment, care, and advancement of research for cancer. Relay for Life is an event that happens to give people the chance to honor, remember, celebrate, and most importantly help. To take action against the one thing that has touched everyone’s lives in some way, action against cancer. This past weekend showed just how much action a small college campus, like Bethany College, can take.