All welcomed at De Soto’s Relay For Life
The sixth annual De Soto Relay For Life will be Friday and Saturday at the De Soto High School Football Stadium. The event will start at 7 p.m. and conclude 12 hours later.
The American Cancer Society event has several goals. One is, of course, to raise money to fight the disease that nearly 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with in the next 12 months and from which 570,000 will die. That number will include those of all ages and, regretfully, some in the De Soto community (nearly 13,000 Kansans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year). So it is noteworthy that money raised is also used on the local level to help individuals and families coping with cancer.
The relay is also structured to remember those who lost their battle to cancer and those who survived. These moving rituals would touch even the rare individual with no personal experience with the disease.
An equally important goal is to increase awareness. Cancer is most often both a very preventable and survivable disease with the application of knowledge. That fact has led the American Cancer Society to establish the goal of a 50-percent reduction in new cases by the year 2015. If the shared personal experiences or brochures available at the relay alert just one person in attendance to take a physical or other life-saving step, the success of the event is assured no matter how much money is raised.
Finally, the event is supposed to be fun. The De Soto organizers are flexible in reaching that goal. Of course they want to reach the goal of $36,000, but they don't straight-jacket themselves to do so. Those who haven't gotten involved as a member of one of the about 25 teams are not excluded.
Those curious about what is happening under the stadium lights have been extended an open invitation to join for a few laps and activities, while of course encouraged to toss a few dollars into collection jars or enjoy some of the food or drinks vended by different teams to raise money.
We urge all not already involved in the relay to stop by to enjoy the fun, leave a few dollars and by all means learn.