Why I Relay – Kathy

Why I Relay

By: Kathy Kielbowicz

Why I relay…..

Cancer has touched my life in so many ways. I have lost both of my grandmothers to cancer and I have way too many friends who have battled or are currently battling cancer. When I stop to think about it, it’s scary to think of all the people I know whose lives cancer has touched. I relay to help find a cure, to help find new treatment options, to help ease the pain of those fighting for their lives.

I relay for my best friend from childhood who’s life was ended way too early because of cancer. It took her in the prime of her life. She courageously battled cancer for years, trying to seek treatments that would stop the tumors from growing and spreading. She endured surgeries, an arm amputation and years of pain because of cancer.

It’s been ten years since we lost her and I still miss her daily. I often think of her when I need strength to face something difficult. I think of her when I need the motivation to persevere. I think of all she endured and realize if she could face all of that- I can most certainly do my thing.

I relay to remember those we’ve lost. I relay for strength for those still battling and I relay to celebrate with those who have survived.

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