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​Relay for Life Under Fire

Every year there is a fundraiser in which people all over the world participate. Wenatchee is one of the lucky groups that have done Relay for Life year after year. Relay for Life has raised over four billion dollars for cancer awareness. This event is held to raise money for cancer awareness, but that isn’t all that Relay for Life is good for. Families come together and recognize those we’ve lost and those that have survived cancer. This year Relay for Life is on the line in my valley.

A couple of elderly families that neighbor with the high school that holds the event every year decided that Relay for Life is too much of a noise issue every year. They have raised commotion at city council meetings and this is my reaction:

So many high school students and families come together one night a year for hope of a better day, they come together to recognize the losses they have had and to raise awareness, and bundles and bundles of money. Last year Wenatchee alone raised 163,000 dollars for the American Cancer Society.

“The whole point is to stay awake through the night,” Marcia Maloney told the Wenatchee World, “Because cancer never sleeps for the people who suffer from it.”

How those families in the area can read that quote in the paper and not tear up to the fact that they are the reason that we may not raise enough money to save some families this year is crazy to me.  Selfish in the dictionary comes up as “lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.”  Are those families really so selfish that they can’t take a night out of their sleep or go out of town so they can avoid the event?  How dare they be so ill hearted to something so many people benefit from and love?

I have participated in Relay for Life for eight or nine years because cancer is something that has come close to my heart. I lost someone that has been in my life since I moved to Wenatchee when I was two and she passed away from breast cancer when she was only thirty. I participated in Relay for Life for her, for my friends mom that passed away, for my best friends mom who battles breast cancer on a daily basis, and for my grandpa who survived cancer. I take a night out of sleeping to participate in this event and show respect for the families that have and still do struggle from cancer.

Do these families really not have it in their hearts to go out of town for a night to avoid that noise instead of complaining and trying to get rid of Relay for Life in the valley all together?


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